Yearly Archives: 2009

Active, invisible

Enterprises and mobile operators are gaining Ethernet experience quickly as they speed deployment of the latest generation of business services…

Who is Mzima?

The future of telecom comes from stories like these: Mzima (pronounced M-zeema), an operator few of us know by name,…

Who is Mzima?

The future of telecom comes from stories like these: Mzima (pronounced M-zeema), an operator few of us know by name,…

NOC needs plug & go Ethernet

Everybody’s doing it: Ethernet is getting deployed on a large scale everywhere. I’ve had the chance to meet with NOC…

The 3D, 4G mesh

Just in time to join the big summer sci-fi blockbusters is a bigger-than life techno-drama for mobile operators: the 3D,…

LTE backhaul: Think twice

When you start digging into LTE, you find it’s a pretty amazing technology – not just the speeds and feeds,…

Least-cost Ethernet?

The CBX event in New York last week harked back to the heydays of telecom, while at the same time…

The micro-burst that killed my network

The IT department at the stock trading firm was under serious pressure. Trading times, carefully monitored by sophisticated monitoring systems,…

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  • Acronym Guide

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    Second Generation
    A cellular telecom network that uses second-generation wireless technology. Such networks digitally encrypt phone conversations, and allow data services including SMS text messages.


    Third Generation
    A cellular network that uses third-generation wireless technology based on standards that support wireless voice telephony, mobile and fixed internet access, video calls, and mobile TV. Such networks are capable of data transfer rates of at least 200 Kbps and as fast as 21 Mbps.


    Third Generation Partnership Project
    International collaboration among telecommunications associations, with the purpose of developing and maintaining the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) specification for 3G mobile networks.


    Fourth Generation
    A cellular network that uses fourth generation wireless technology to deliver mobile broadband internet access in addition to voice and text messaging. Two synonymous 4G systems are commercially deployed: Mobile WiMAX an Long Term Evolution (LTE). LTE is the predominant system in the U.S.

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