UK Telecoms and ICT Index and Links - T

TARIFFS

external links:BT Business Pricing Information Service
Call for Less
Direct Mobile Phones
Mobile phone dealer with a tarrif plan cost comparison function - you may still be able to get any individual plan cheaper from another dealer though.
Discount Long Distance Digest
An American Free daily online magazine with comparison charts for International calls.
Tariff Centre
no longer up-to-date and looking for supporters to provide tarrif info
The price of calls from BT lines
including mobiles and specialist services - unfortunately you have to look-up the pricing code as well "To identify the specific number ranges appropriate to charge bands other than Local or National, please see Section 2 Parts , 11, 12, 13, 14, & 16" at the bottom of the page.
UK telecom tariff comparisons

FAQs:How can I compare different telcos prices?
What does it cost to call a mobile phone?
Why do some telcos charge more for a non-geographic number than they do for its geographic equivalent?
Why does my mobile company charge me for freephone numbers - shouldn't they be free?

information sheets:Buyer's guide to business mobile phones and services
Fixed landline business telecommunications services


TELECOM BROKER
a middleman or agent who finds the best telecom deal for your needs and either charges a fee to the customer or a commission from the telco.

external links:Uswitch
Ofcom approved comparison site for residential consumers but will come up with companies who also offer competitive small business solutions

information sheets:Telecom brokers


TELECOMS OPERATORS
Telecoms operators, or telcos, are companies licensed to provide telecoms services in the UK. Some operators' services are available throughout the UK, while others are only available in certain areas.

external links:Cable companies and their franchise areas
there is only Virgin providing cable now - use the postcode checker to see if you are in their cable area.
CPIs - Comparable Performance Indicators
Compares the quality of service provided by participating telephone companies
MCI
was Worldcom and now in the process of acquisition by Verizon
ntl:
in the process of merger with telewest
Telewest
in the process of merger with ntl
Thus
sponsor link

information sheets:Fixed landline business telecommunications services
telephone business on-line

related index entries:CABLE COMPANY or PTO
INDIRECT ACCESS OPERATOR
ISVR OPERATOR
PTO - Public Telecommunications Operator
RESELLER


TELECONFERENCING
A generic term which applies to a variety of technologies and applications, including audio, data and videoconferencing, as well as business TV and distance learning.

features:Conferencing calls, teleconferencing and videoconferencing

related index entries:AUDIOCONFERENCING
DATACONFERENCING
VIDEOCONFERENCING


TELEPHONE NUMBERS

external links:BT Business Pricing Information Service
ICSTIS
Ofcom numbering information
Ofcom UK Telephone Numbering Guide
A users guide to UK telephone numbering from Ofcom the UK telecoms regulator.
UK Telephone Code Locator

FAQs:How can I identify a particular STD or other code?
What is the convention for presenting phone numbers on business stationery?
Why does my mobile company charge me for freephone numbers - shouldn't they be free?

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

related index entries:ACCESS CODE
FREE CALL
NON-GEOGRAPHIC NUMBER
NUMBER PORTABILITY
PERSONAL NUMBERING
PRS - Premium Rate Service
STD CODES


TELEPHONE PREFERENCE SERVICE
A service established by the Direct Marketing Association to help reduce the number of unwanted telemarketing calls received by customers.

external links:Telephone Preference Service

FAQs:What can I do about unwanted telephone sales calls?

information sheets:Marketing by telephone or fax - law and the TPS and FPS 'Preference Services'
telephone business on-line
Update and clean mailing lists

related index entries:DATA PROTECTION
FAX PREFERENCE SERVICE


TELEPHONE SYSTEM

external links:Alcatel
Bosch (now Tenovis)
UK distributor for Tenovis products
BT
sponsor link
Ericsson UK
Mitel
Network Alchemy
now Avaya
Nitsuko
NEC
Panasonic
Samsung Telecoms
Toshiba

information sheets:Dealing with faults in your telephone system
Office telephone systems - buyer's guide

features:Buying a business telephone system
Voice and data convergence

related index entries:CALL MANAGEMENT
COMMUNICATIONS SERVER
KEY SYSTEM
PBX or PABX - Private (Automatic) Branch Exchange


TELEPHONES - FIXED LINE

information sheets:Introduction to telecoms terms and technologies
ISDN vs. standard phone line?

related index entries:FIXED LINE TELEPHONY


TELEX
A public switched low-speed data network used for the transmission of administrative messages.


TERMINAL
A device for sending and receiving data on a communications channel. Usually denotes a monitor and keyboard without its own local memory or processor, connected to a network.


TERMINAL ADAPTOR
The ISDN equivalent of a modem. Provides the interface between a computer or network and a basic rate ISDN connection.

related index entries:ISDN - Integrated Services Digital Network


TETRA - TErrestrial Trunked Radio
TETRA is the standard for Private/Public Access Mobile Radio (PMR/PAMR). TETRA is capable of integrating both voice and data applications, resulting in an increase in system flexibility. It was used by Dolphin to operate its mobile wireless services in the UK but the Dolphin network was switched off in October 2004.

external links:Intellect (an amalgamation of the Federation of the Electronics Industry FEI and the CSSA)
The 'voice of the industry' with good links to information about mobile health issues among other techie stuff.
TETRA

information sheets:Dolphin Telecom
Overview of Mobile Data Technology

related index entries:MOBILE DATA SERVICE
MOBILE PHONE NETWORKS
PAMR - Public Access Mobile Radio
PMR - Private Mobile Radio


TEXTDIRECT
The BT prefix number service which connects callers direct to the called party but automatically incorporates the RNID Typetalk service.

external links:Royal National Institute for Deaf People

information sheets:textphone pbx configuration for deaf, hearing and speech impaired assistance

related index entries:TEXTPHONE
TYPETALK


TEXTPHONE
A phone which incorporates a keyboard and screen so that people with inpaired speech or hearing can use the telephone. An intermediary service operator can relay text to speech and vice-versa for people using normal phones, otherwise the device is needed at both ends of the call.

external links:Royal National Institute for Deaf People

information sheets:textphone pbx configuration for deaf, hearing and speech impaired assistance

related index entries:TEXTDIRECT
TYPETALK


THIRD GENERATION or 3G MOBILE
See UMTS.

external links:3
Third generation (UMTS) mobile network

information sheets:Mobile Networking Using High Speed Data Services
Mobile Offices Using High Speed Data
Mobile Videoconferencing & Image Transmission Using High Speed Data
Overview of Mobile Data Technology
Video Surveillance Using Mobile High Speed Data

related index entries:MOBILE DATA SERVICE
UMTS - Universal Mobile Telephone Service


TIA - Telecommunications Industry Association

external links:Telecommunications Industry Association


TMA - Telecommunications Managers Association
Now CMA - Communications Management Association.

external links:Communications Management Association


TRUNK NETWORK
The part of the telecommunications network which provides connections between customer-serving exchanges.


TUA - Telecommunications Users Association

external links:Telecommunications Users Association
website off-line at last review


TYPETALK
The RNID service where an intermediary operator relays text to type and vice-versa for speech and/or hearing impaired telephone users.

external links:Royal National Institute for Deaf People

information sheets:textphone pbx configuration for deaf, hearing and speech impaired assistance

related index entries:TEXTDIRECT
TEXTPHONE




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