WiMAX, 3G and Wireless Broadband Definitions

  • #

    4G (fourth-generation wireless)

    4G is the short term for fourth-generation wireless, the stage of broadband mobile communications that will supercede the third generation (3G) of wireless communications....(Continued)

  • 802.11i

    802.11i is a standard for wireless local area networks (WLANs) that provides improved encryption for networks that use the popular 802.11a and 802.11b (which includes Wi-Fi standards).

  • 802.15

    802.15 is a communications specification that was approved in early 2002 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association (IEEE-SA) for wireless personal area networks (WPANs).

  • 802.16

    802.16 is a group of broadband wireless communications standards for metropolitan area networks (MANs) developed by a working group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

  • 802.16a

    802.16a is a wireless communications specification for metropolitan area networks (MANs).

  • 802.16c

    802.16c is a set of clarifications and updates to the 102.16 family of wireless communications specifications for metropolitan area networks (MANs).

  • A

    ad-hoc network

    An ad-hoc network is a local area network (LAN) that is built spontaneously as devices connect.

  • B

    Bluetooth

    Bluetooth technology allows computers, mobile devices and accessories to easily interconnect with each other. A Bluetooth connection is wireless and works over a short range.

  • Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP)

    The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) is an initiative within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) created to promote the development and adoption of broadband throughout the United States, particularly in unserved and underserved areas. BTOP, which will disburse $4.7 billion in a number of categories, is expected to create jobs, advance technology and boost the economy.

  • D

    directional sound

    Directional sound is a technology that concentrates acoustic energy into a narrow beam so that it can be projected to a discrete area, much as a laser focuses light... (Continued)

  • downlink and uplink

    These terms should not be confused with downstream and upstream.

  • E

    EDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Environment)

    EDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Environment) is a faster version of GSM designed to deliver data at rates up to 384 Kbps and enable the delivery of multimedia and other broadband applications to mobile phone and computer users.

  • EV-DO (1x Evolution-Data Optimized)

    1x Evolution-Data Optimized, (EV-DO) is a 3G wireless radio broadband data standard. (...Continued)

  • F

    fixed wireless

    Fixed wireless refers to the operation of wireless devices or systems in fixed locations such as homes and offices.

  • fixed-mobile substitution (FMS)

    Fixed-mobile substitution (FMS) is the tendency for consumers and businesses to increasingly substitute cellular telephones for hard-wired or cordless landline sets... (Continued)

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