Introduction to telecoms terms and technologies

by Crucible Multimedia

The telecoms world seems to be crowded with a confusing set of acronyms and technical jargon, which may mean nothing to you and can be difficult to differentiate.

In this information sheet we give a brief overview of some of the technologies and terms you are most likely to come across using TelecomsAdvice. You can find more detailed explanations, as well as information sheets and features covering them in more detail, by following the links at the side of this information sheet.

There are two types of telephone service infrastructure - 

The technologies used by these services may be analogue, or in the case of newer technologies, digital. Most can be used for more than simple voice telephony, for example to transmit faxes and to transfer files including data, audio and video.

Starting with the most familiar, the technologies currently on offer are listed below.

Fixed telephony

Mobile telephony

There is also a third piece to the telecoms jigsaw - the provider(s) you use to supply you with telecoms services and equipment - see our buyer's guides for further information.

Reviewed January 2011

last updated : 21/01/2011



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