second generation mobile telecommunications
third generation mobile telecommunications
asymmetric digital subscriber line
amplitude modulation radio
In the internet industry, bandwidth refers to the capacity of a connection to carry information, while in radio communications it is the amount of radiofrequency spectrum used for a particular function.
Internet access technologies (such as ADSL, HFC cable and WiFi) that offer a data rate significantly higher than narrowband services, are usually ‘always-on’ and do not tie up a telephone line exclusively for data.
Unit of data volume (eight bits). Data volumes are usually measured in bytes, but data transmission rates are measured in bits per second.
code division multiple access
Geographic area in which calls are able to be made successfully. For instance, the area between a base station and a mobile phone handset.
frequency modulation radio
Gigabits per second
global system for mobiles
hypertext transfer protocol
integrated services digital network
internet service provider
International Telecommunication Union
kilobits per second
|Local and Overseas Telecommunications||Includes all forms of telecommunications, and “telecommunications” has the meaning given in the pdf Telecommunications Act (2009) (627 KB) .|
Megabits per second
Service where user is charged based on usage during a billing period.
Service where user pays in advance for a certain amount of usage or service credit.
The use of a wireless phone outside of the ‘home’ service area defined by a service provider. Higher per minute rates are usually charged for calls made or received while roaming.
|Rolling Budget||A method in which a budget established at the beginning of a financial year is continually amended to reflect variances that arise due to changing circumstances or a budget that is always available for a specified future period by adding a period, such as a month, quarter or year, to the period that just ended.|
A router is an electronic device that interconnects two or more networks, and selectively interchanges packets of data between them.
Is the process of selecting paths in a network along which to send network traffic. Routing is performed for many kinds of networks, including the telephone network and electronic data networks (such as the Internet).
A radio relay station that orbits the earth. A complete satellite communications system also includes earth stations that communicate with each other via the satellite. The satellite receives a signal transmitted by an originating earth station and retransmits that signal to the destination earth station(s). Satellites are used to transmit telephone, television and data signals originated by common carriers, broadcasters and distributors of cable TV program material.
A radio receiver that moves across a wide range of radio frequencies and allows audiences to listen to any of the frequencies.
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A person or company providing telecommunications services.
Subscriber Identity Module. This is a Smart Card installed in every GSM handset which identifies the user to the network.
|slamming||The term used to describe what occurs when a customer’s service is switched from one service provider to another without the customer’s permission.|
|SMS||Short Message Service will display a 160 character message in the LCD panel on the phone.|
|spectrum||The range of electromagnetic radio frequencies used in the transmission of sound, data and television.|
|streaming||When data is sent continuously, without waiting to make sure there are no errors.|
|super high frequency (SHF)||SHF refers to radio frequencies in the range of 3 GHz and 30 GHz. Also known as the centimeter band or centimetre wave as the wavelengths range from ten to one centimetre.|
|tariff||The documents filed by a carrier describing their services and the payments to be charged for such services.|
|T1||Trunk 1. A heavy duty telephone line.|
|TDMA||Time Division Multiple Access. The technique used by the digital GSM network to squeeze more calls onto one channel by dividing a calling channel into a few ’discontinuous’ pieces.|
|telecommunication(s)||This word has no precise definition, but is frequently used. Its definition ranges from "any form of communication over a distance" to "any communication by electric means" to "two computers 'talking' to each other via modems." Methods of communications that probably are considered telecommunications include: telephones, cellphones, TV's and fax machines. The word is used both in singular and plural.|
|telephony||The word used to describe the science of transmitting voice over a telecommunications network.|
|TTY||A type of machine that allows people with hearing or speech disabilities to communicate over the phone using a keyboard and a viewing screen. It is sometimes called a TDD.|
|Ultra High Frequency (UHF)||Designates a range of electromagnetic waves with frequencies between 300 MHz and 3 GHz (3,000 MHz). Digital television and mobile phones work in this band.|
|Universal Access Obligation||An obligation of a service provider to provide telecommunications services defined in the Universal Access Plan in an eligible geographic area designated pursuant to section 48 of the pdf Telecommunications Act (2009) (627 KB) .|
|Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS)||A 3G mobile telephone standard|
|unbundling||The term used to describe the access provided by a service provider operating its own network so that other service providers can buy or lease portions of its network elements, such as interconnection loops, to serve subscribers.|
|universal service||The financial mechanism which helps compensate telephone companies or other communications entities for providing access to telecommunications services at reasonable and affordable rates to geographically remote areas or to the economically disadvantaged.|
|Vendor||A person who, in the ordinary course of business, sells prescribed goods or services, and includes, subject to section 3A of the pdf Telecommunications Act (2009) (627 KB) , a wholesaler.|
|very high frequency (VHF)||The part of the radio spectrum from 30 to 300 megahertz, which includes TV Channels 2-13, the FM broadcast band and some marine, aviation and land mobile services.|
|W3||World Wide Web|
|WWW||World Wide Web. A hypertext system set up on the Internet.|