Definition: Frame relay
is a data link network protocol designed to transfer data on Wide Area Networks (WANs)
. Frame relay works over fiber optic or ISDN
lines. The protocol offers low latency and to reduce overhead, does perform any error correction, which is instead handled by other components of the network.
Frame relay has traditionally provided a cost-effective way for telecommunications companies to transmit data over long distances. Frame relay has decreased in popularity as companies are gradually migrating their deployments to Internet Protocol (IP) based solutions.
Also Known As: frame-relay