UK Telecoms and ICT Index and Links - P

PACKET SNIFFER
A software application running on a network computer which logs and reports all, or filtered, data packet activity on the network.

external links:Analyzer

information sheets:networking an Internet connection with a router

related index entries:NETWORK
ROUTER


PAGING

information sheets:Business mobile communications


PAMR - Public Access Mobile Radio

information sheets:Business mobile communications

related index entries:TETRA - TErrestrial Trunked Radio
WIRELESS TELEPHONY


PBX or PABX - Private (Automatic) Branch Exchange
A private exchange on the customer premises that "switches" calls to and from the public telephone network. Can include functions such as call logging, voicemail, interactive voice response (IVR) and call diversion, up to full scale computer telephony integration (CTI).

related index entries:TELEPHONE SYSTEM


PCN - Personal Communications Network
The European digital cellular mobile telephone network, developed in accordance with GSM standards.

related index entries:MOBILE TELEPHONY


PDA - Personal Digital Assistant
A digital personal organiser, ranging from a simple "databank" to palmtop and hand-held computers. Popular products include the Palm and Psion series.

external links:Mobile Equipment National Database (MEND)
Database of mobile phones and similar equipment recording owners details alongside equipment serial numbers or other identifiers so that recovered stolen equipment can be returned to the owners. The MEND system and technology has now been fully integrated into the United Kingdoms officially approved national property register - Immobilise.

information sheets:Mobile phone, iPod, MP3 player and handheld computer theft

features:3G mobile revolution


PERSONAL NUMBERING
A service based on number translation which enables a customer to be called using a single "personal" (070) telephone number, but to receive those calls at virtually any telephone number in the UK.

FAQs:What does it cost to call a mobile phone?

information sheets:Non-geographic and premium rate number services
Virtual locations and non-geographic telephone numbers

features:Non-geographic telephone flexible numbering

related index entries:NUMBER PORTABILITY
TELEPHONE NUMBERS


PhonepayPlus
formerly ICSTIS - regulates premium rate and similar non-geographic number services

external links:PhonepayPlus
formerly ICSTIS - the regulator for premium rate number and similar services

information sheets:Non-geographic and premium rate number services
Virtual locations and non-geographic telephone numbers

related index entries:ICSTIS - Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services
NON-GEOGRAPHIC NUMBER
PRS - Premium Rate Service


PMR - Private Mobile Radio

information sheets:Business mobile communications

features:Push to Talk private mobile radio (PMR)

related index entries:TETRA - TErrestrial Trunked Radio
WIRELESS TELEPHONY


POTS - Plain Old Telephone Service
A much used acronym for the standard telephone network. An analogue system using "twisted pair" copper wires.


PRI ISDN - Primary Rate Interface ISDN
For installations of six "lines" or more, where one physical line can carry up to 30 voice channels. Also known as ISDN30.

related index entries:ISDN - Integrated Services Digital Network


PRIVATE NETWORK
A telecommunications network on the customer's side of a network termination point, forming the boundary between a public telecommunication system run under a PTO licence and the user's network, generally run under a Class Licence.


PRS - Premium Rate Service
A service, such as recorded information or live "chat", run by an independent service provider. Premium rate (090X) calls are charged at a higher rate than ordinary calls.

external links:ICSTIS

information sheets:Non-geographic and premium rate number services

related index entries:ICSTIS - Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services
PhonepayPlus
TELEPHONE NUMBERS


PSTN - Public Switched Telephone Network
The complete network of interconnections between telephone subscribers, operated for public use by licensed operators.

information sheets:VoIP, Voice over Internet Protocol and Internet telephone calls


PTO - Public Telecommunications Operator
Companies licensed to operate public switched telephony systems and services to the public.- now referred to by Ofcom using the broader term 'communications provider'.

related index entries:TELECOMS OPERATORS




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