Tele-Communication (Telecom) Terms Glossary and Dictionary
M Plane: Management Plane
Management Plane(M Plane) refers to one of the three entities in the ATM reference model. The M plane addresses the management functions of network elements such as switches for their Operation, Administration and Maintenance (OA&M). The other two entities are user plane for the actual data transmission and the control plane for signaling. The concept and model of user plane, control plane and management plane have been extended to other telecommunication technology groups beyond the ATM technology.