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3G Next generation of wireless technology. Multimedia 3G networks transmit wireless data up to 2 megabits per second, making the integration of voice, data, and video possible
ACTS Advanced Communications Technologies and Services
ADSL Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line
AMPS Advanced Mobile Phone Service
ARDIS Advanced Radio Data Information Service
ATM Asynchronous Transfer Mode
BER Bit Error Rate
Bluetooth Technology specification being created for short-range wireless connection (up to 10 meters) using low-cost transceiver chips to be embedded in mobile computers, smart phones, and other portable devices. Provides three voice and data channels via a one-to-one connection with built-in encryption and verification
BOOTP Bootstrap Protocol
BS Base Station. Also known as MMS (Mobility Support Station) or Base Station Controller
BSC Base Station Controller
BTS Base Transceiver Station
CDMA Code Division Multiple Access. Spread spectrum air interface technology used in some digital cellular, personal communications services, and other wireless networks. See IS-95
CDPD Cellular Digital Packet Data
CLNP Connectionless Network Protocol
CMRS Commercial Mobile Radio Services spectrum
CTIA Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association. A trade group that represents cellular, PCS, and enhanced specialized mobile radio carriers
DARPA Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
DCE Data Communication Equipment
DCT Digital Cordless Telephone
DECT Digital European Cordless Telecommunications (Standard)
DHCP Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. An IETF protocol
DTE Data Terminal Equipment
Embedded system A computer system that is a component of a larger machine or system. Embedded systems can respond to events in real time. Most digital appliances, such as watches or cars, utilize an embedded system
ESN Electronic Serial Number. Unique identification number embedded in a wireless phone by the manufacturer to prevent fraud. ESN differs from the mobile identification number, which is the wireless carrier's identifier for a phone in the network
E-TDMA Extended Time Division Multiple Access
Fixed wireless data Wireless service to a fixed location through antennas larger than are seen in mobile or portable setups. The fastest data throughputs—up to T-1 speed—are available over fixed wireless networks
Full user mobility Wireless classification under which users can access data while in motion, for example, in a car
Gateway A ground-based link to a mobile satellite service network
GEOS Geo-stationary Earth Orbit Systems. Communications system with satellites in geosynchronous orbits 22,300 miles above the Earth
GMPCS Global Mobile Personal Communications Services. Proposed mobile satellite systems that will provide global wireless phone service
GPRS General Packet Radio Service. GPRS permits faster Internet access and improved mobile technology through continuous connectivity
GPS Global Positioning System. A series of 24 satellites that continually transmit their position. GPS is used in personal tracking, navigation, and automatic vehicle location technologies
GSM Global System for Mobile communication. Digital cellular or PCS standard used throughout the world, and the primary standard in Europe and Southeast Asia
HDML Handheld Device Markup Language. Derived from Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), this programming language allows Internet access from wireless devices such as handheld personal computers and smart phones
HTTP-NG Hypertext Transfer Protocol-Next Generation. A replacement for HTTP 1.0, HTTP-NG maintains the simplicity of HTTP 1.0 while adding important features such as security and authentication
HLR Home Location Register
HTTP Hypertext Transfer Protocol
ICMP Internet Control Message Protocol
iDEN Integrated Digital Enhanced Network. A Motorola-enhanced mobile radio network technology that integrates two-way radio, telephone, text messaging, and data transmission into a single network
IF Intermediate Frequency
IMT 2000 International Mobile Telecommunications by the year 2000 project
Internet Screenphone A telephone-like appliance with a built-in display screen that can be used to quickly call up Internet sites
IRC Infrared communication
ISDN Integrated Services Digital Network
IS-95 Spread spectrum air interface technology used in some digital cellular, personal communications services, and other wireless networks. See CDMA
ITU-2000 (also known as IMT-2000) Term coined by the International Telecommunication Union for the new third-generation global standard for mobile telecommunications
IVIS In-Vehicle Information System. Enables intelligent vehicles that provide the functionality to increase the productivity and safety of the driver
JTACS Japanese Total Access Communication System
Kiosk services Solutions for business center service providers such as hotel chains, airports, and office service franchises that offer document services (storing, reproduction, and distribution) through shared access devices in public spaces
LEC Local Exchange Carrier. An authorized carrier that has been commissioned to provide local voice-level telecommunications services within a predetermined area
LEO Low Earth Orbit. Mobile communications satellite between 700 and 2,000 kilometers above the Earth
LMDS Local Multipoint Distribution Service. Broadband radio service that enables two-way transmission of voice, high-speed data, and video (wireless cable TV)
LNP Local Number Portability. Subscribers' ability to switch local or wireless carriers and still retain the same phone number, as is possible now with long-distance carriers
MBS Mobile Broadband Systems
MDSS Mobile Data Synchronization Service. The ability to synchronize data on client devices with data stored in an enterprise database. A common protocol has been developed that will eventually allow a variety of clients to synchronize with a variety of databases
ME Mobile Equipment. Also known as Mobile Unit (MU)
MEMS Micro-Electro Mechanical System
Microbrowser Modified Web browser that allows users to get Internet data on a handheld wireless device
MSS Mobile Satellite Service
Multi-modal A system that operates using multiple interfaces (for example, both text and speech)
NAMPS Narrowband Advanced Mobile Phone Service
NIMBY Not In My Back Yard. The sentiment of citizens opposing the nearby placement of facilities deemed undesirable, for example, antenna towers or waste dumps
NTIA National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The United States government's authority on spectrum management
OSI Open Systems Interconnection
PCMCIA Personal Computer Memory Card International Association
PCN Personal Communications Network
PCS Personal Communication System. A classification of the United States Federal Communications Commission for digital wireless communication systems based on the same principles as cellular systems, but usually operating in a different frequency range and with smaller cell sizes than cellular systems
PDA Personal Digital Assistant. A small, hand-held device that offers functions such as address storage, calendar and e-mail. This mobile device can be synchronized with desktop computers
PHS Phone System (a Japanese term)
PIA Personal Information Appliance
Portable wireless data A classification of networks that access the Internet by using a laptop or palmtop computer and a small wireless modem
PPP Point-to-Point Protocol
PSTN Public Switched Telephone Network
RBOC Regional Bell Operating Company
RF Radio Frequency
SDSL Symmetric Digital Subscriber Line
SDT Speech Data Terminals
SiGe Silicon-Germanium Technology. Makes it possible to design complex chips that integrate the functions of a cellular telephone, an e-mailbox and an Internet browser into a hand-held information device with rapid data-transfer capability
SIM Subscriber Identity Module
Smart phone A smart phone enables connections to the Internet or Lotus Notes network so that users can access e-mail, faxes, voice mail, Web pages, and other files. It also has the potential to connect to a speech-recognition server by phone, which would allow a user to dictate notes or responses, and then see the recognized text as it is returned from the server
SMS Short Message Service. Electronic messages on a wireless network, such as those used in two-way paging
SS7 Signaling System 7. The international high-speed signaling backbone used for the public-switched telephone network
TACS Total Access Communication System
TD-CDMA Time Division, Code Division Multiple Access
TDMA Time Division Multiple Access. Digital air interface technology used in cellular, PCS, and EMSR networks
TeleVAS Telephony Value Added Services. Refers to any extra service available through your phone, such as call waiting or conference calling
TM-UWB Time-Modulated Ultra-Wide Band. New wireless technology that greatly broadens bandwidth. Developed by Time Domain, TM-UWB uses short, coded pulses transmitted over a wide range of frequencies, making it useful for a broad range of applications from networking to through-the-wall radar and secure communications
Transcoding The operation of changing data from one format to another, such as an XML to HTML, so the output will be displayed in an appropriate manner for the device
UMTS Universal Mobile Telecommunications System
UTRA UMTS Terrestrial Radio Access
UWB Ultra-Wideboard
VDSL Very high rate Digital Subscriber Line
VLR Visitor Location Register
VoIP Voice-over-IP. Used for Internet telephones. Long-distance carriers using VoIP can offer lower rates due to a higher volume of calls; however, the quality may not be as high as with traditional long-distance carriers
WAP Wireless Application Protocol. A new, open industry standard for mobile Internet access, WAP allows mobile users with wireless devices to easily and instantly access and interact with information and services
W-ATM Wireless Asynchronous Transfer Mode network
WBXML MDSP documents are encoded into WBXML, a succinct encoding of XML defined by the WAP Forum, and the WBXML byte stream is sent by enqueuing it on an MQLite queue as a single message object
W-CDMA Wideband Code Division Multiple Access
WDF Wireless Data Forum. An industry group dedicated to promoting wireless data
Wireless LAN A local area network (LAN) that uses wireless transmissions such as radio or infrared instead of phone lines or fiber-optics to connect data devices
Wireless Network Provides the means to access information over a diverse set of wireless and wired networks
W-TDMA Wideband Time Division Multiple Access
XML Extensible Markup Language. A streamlined version of Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML), XML is regulated by the World Wide Web Consortium. XML can make far more advanced use of data, and create more advanced links, than HTML

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