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Glossary

Please find here a glossary of the most common used acronyms in the Telecom world:


 

1G
First Generation
1G (or 1-G) refers to the first-generation of wireless telephone technology, mobile telecommunications.
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2G
Second Generation
2G (or 2-G) is short for second-generation wireless telephone technology.
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3G
Third GenerationMore
3GPP
Third Generation Partnership ProjectMore
4G
Fourth GenerationMore
8PSK
Eight Phase Shift KeyingMore

AM
Acknowledged Mode in RLC
ANSI
American National Standards InstituteMore
API
Application Programming Interface
APN
Access Point Name
ASN.1
Abstract Syntax Notation OneMore

BCCH
Broadcast Control CHannelMore
BCH
Broadcast CHannel
BER
Bit Error Rate
BS
Base Station
BSC
Base Station Controller
BSS
Base Station Subsystem
BTS
Base Transceiver Station

CAMEL
Customised Applications for Mobile networks Enhanced LogicMore
CC
Call Control
CCCH
Common Control CHannel
CCPCH
Common Control Physical CHannel
CDMA
Code Division Multiple AccessMore
CDMA2000
3rd generation CDMAMore
CFN
Connection Frame Number
CM
Communication Management
CN
Core Network
CP
Control Plane
CPCH
Common Packet CHannel
CPICH
Common PIlot CHannel
CS
Circuit SwitchedMore
CS-CN
Circuit Switched Core Network
CSICH
CPCH Status Indication CHannel
CSPDN
Circuit Switched Public Data Network
CTCH
Common Traffic CHannel
CTrCH
Common Transport CHannel

DCCH
Dedicated Control CHannel
DCH
Dedicated CHannel
DECT
Digital Enhanced Cordless TelephoneMore
DPCCH
Dedicated Physical Control CHannel
DPDCH
Dedicated Physical Data CHannel
DSCH
Downlink Shared CHannel
DTCH
Dedicated Traffic CHannel

EDGE
Enhanced Data rates for GSM EvolutionMore
ETSI
European Telecommunication Standards InstituteMore

FACH
Forward Access CHannel
FCCH
Frequency Correction CHannel
FDD
Frequency Division DuplexMore
FDMA
Frequency Division Multiple AccessMore

GERAN
GSM/EDGE Radio Access NetworkMore
GPRS
General Packet Radio ServiceMore
GSM
Global System for Mobile communicationMore

HSCSD
High Speed Circuit Switched Data
HSDPA
High Speed Downlink Packet AccessMore
HSPA
High Speed Packet Access
High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) is an amalgamation of two mobile telephony protocols, High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) and High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA)
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HSUPA
High Speed Uplink Packet AccessMore

IMEI
International Mobile Equipment IdentityMore
IMS
IP Multimedia SubsystemMore
IMT-2000
International Mobile Telecommunications at 2000 MHz
IP
Internet ProtocolMore
IPsec
IP security protocolMore
ISDN
Integrated Services Digital NetworkMore
ITU
International Telecommunication UnionMore

L1
Layer 1
Radio Physical Layer
L2
Layer 2
Radio Data Link Layer
L3
Layer 3
Radio Network Layer
LTE
Long Term EvolutionMore

MAC
Medium Access Control
The media access control (MAC) data communication protocol sub-layer, also known as the medium access control, is a sublayer of the data link layer specified in the seven-layer OSI model (layer 2).
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MIB
Master Information Block
MM
Mobility Management

NAS
Non Access StratumMore
Node B
UMTS Base StationMore

P-CCPCH
Primary Common Control Physical CHannel
P-SCH
Physical Shared CHannel
PCCH
Paging Control CHannel
PCH
Paging CHannel
PCPCH
Physical Common Packet CHannel
PDP
Packet Data Protocol
PDSCH
Physical Downlink Shared CHannel
PDU
Packet Data Unit
PHY
Physical Layer
PICH
Page Indicator CHannel
PIN
Personal Identification Number
PLMN
Public Land Mobile NetworkMore
PRACH
Physical Random Access CHannel
PS
Packet SwitchedMore
PS-CN
Packet Switched Core Network

QoS
Quality of Service
QPSK
Quadrature Phase Shift Keying

RAB
Radio Access Bearer
RACH
Random Access CHannel
RAN
Radio Access Network
RANAP
Radio Access Network Application Part
RAT
Radio Access Technology
RB
Radio Bearer
RLC
Radio Link Control
RNC
Radio Network Controller
RRC
Radio Resource ControlMore
RRM
Radio Resouce Management
RTT
Radio Transmission Technology

S-CCPCH
Secondary Common Control Physical CHannel
S-SCH
Secondary Synchronisation CHannel
SAP
Service Access Point
SCCH
Synchronisation Control CHannel
SCH
Synchronisation CHannel
SFN
System Frame Number
SIB
System Information Block
SIM
Subscriber Identity Module
SIP
Session Initiation ProtocolMore
SMS
Short Message ServiceMore
SMSC
Short Message Service Centre
SUT
System Under Test

TCP
Transmission Control ProtocolMore
TD-CDMA
Time Division - Code Division Multiple Access
TDD
Time Division DuplexMore
TDMA
Time Division Multiple Access
TMSI
Temporary Mobile Subscriber IdentityMore

UDP
User Datagram ProtocolMore
UE
User Equipment
UMTS
Universal Mobile Telecommunications SystemMore
UP
User Plane
USIM
UMTS SIM
UTRAN
UMTS Terrestrial Radio Access NetworkMore

VoIP
Voice over IP

WAP
Wireless Application ProtocolMore
WCDMA
Wideband Code Division Multiple AccessMore