Above the CIR, an allowance of burstable bandwidth is often given, known as the Excess Information Rate (EIR) or Peak Information Rate (PIR). The provider guarantees that the connection will always support the CIR rate, and sometimes the EIR rate should there be adequate bandwidth. The CIR plus excess burst rate (EIR) is either equal to or less than the speed of the access port into the network. Frame relay carriers define and package CIRs differently, and CIRs are adjusted with experience.
CIR is derived from the term Committed Data Rate or CDR, and is used in similar fashion, but refers also to voice and non-data packets and not only to data packets as in CDR.
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