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Top Wireless Acronyms You Need To Know

Charlotte, NC, March 29th, 2023: 

Top wireless acronyms you need to know:

3PO – 3rd Party Operator: Operates and manages wireless networks in a building or campus on behalf of a building owner or enterprise

DAS – Distributed Antenna System: A network of antennas used to improve cellular coverage and capacity within a building or other structure.

LTE – Long-Term Evolution: A standard for 4G wireless communication used by many cellular networks for high-speed data transfer.

5G – Fifth Generation: The latest standard for cellular networks, providing faster speeds and improved connectivity.

5G NR – New Radio: refers specifically to the new air interface standard developed for 5G. It uses a different set of frequency bands and signal modulation techniques compared to previous wireless technologies, allowing faster speeds and lower latency.

RF – Radio Frequency: A range of electromagnetic waves used for wireless communication.

Wi-Fi – Wireless Fidelity: A standard for wireless communication using radio waves, often used for internet access within a building. Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6e are the latest standards for wireless networking

RAN – Radio Access Network: A critical part of a cellular network that connects mobile devices to the core network and enables voice, data, and multimedia services.

C-RAN – Cloud Radio Access Network: May also be known as Centralized RAN – is a type of network architecture used in cellular networks where the processing and control of the radio access network (RAN) functions are centralized in a cloud data center, rather than being distributed across multiple base stations.

D-RAN – Distributed Radio Access Network: The radio access network (RAN) functions are distributed across multiple small cells, which are connected to a central controller or baseband unit (BBU).

BBU – Baseband Unit: A key component in a cellular network that processes the digital signals that are transmitted between the mobile device and the core network.

BTS – Base Transceiver Station: A key component of a cellular network that connects mobile devices to the core network. The BTS is typically located at the base of a cell tower and consists of transceivers, antennas, and other equipment.

RRH/U – Remote Radio Head/Unit: A key component of a cellular network base station that performs the radio transmission and reception functions, but is physically separated from the base station controller or baseband unit (BBU).

CLEC – Competitive Local Exchange Carrier: a type of telecommunications company that competes with the traditional incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) in providing local telephone service, data services, and other telecommunications services in a particular geographic area.

ILEC – Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier: refers to the traditional telephone company that was originally responsible for providing local telephone service in a particular geographic area.

DWDM – Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing: A technology used in optical fiber communication networks to increase the amount of data that can be transmitted over a single optical fiber.

IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service: A wireless solutions model that provides clients with access to state of the art wireless solutions for a fixed monthly rate.

MIMO – Multiple-Input Multiple-Output: A type of wireless communication system that uses multiple antennas to improve signal strength and reduce interference.

SISO – Single Input, Single Output: A type of wireless communication system in which a single antenna is used for both transmission and reception of data.

MNO – Mobile Network Operator: A company that provides wireless communication services to customers through a cellular network. Commonly referred to as a wireless carrier.

MSO – Multiple System Operators: A term used to describe companies that operate multiple cable television systems or other types of communication networks in different geographic areas.

MVNO – Mobile Virtual Network Operator: A type of wireless communication service provider that does not own or operate its own cellular network infrastructure, but rather leases network access from another operator, such as an MNO, and resells it to customers under its own brand.

SC – Standard Connector: A type of push-pull connector that uses a 2.5mm ferrule to hold the fiber optic cable in place. SC connectors are popular in single-mode fiber optic networks and are commonly used in data centers, telecommunication networks, and cable TV networks.

LC – Lucent Connector: A type of push-pull connector that uses a 1.25mm ferrule to hold the fiber optic cable in place. LC connectors are smaller than SC connectors and are popular in both single-mode and multi-mode fiber optic networks.

MACRO CELL: a type of cellular network cell that provides coverage over a large geographic area, typically several kilometers in radius. It is the most common type of cell used in cellular networks, and can provide coverage for both voice and data services.

SMALL CELL: a type of cellular network cell that provides coverage over a smaller geographic area than a macro cell. Small cells are typically used in areas with high user density, such as urban areas, indoor venues, and transportation hubs, to provide additional capacity and improve network performance.

VoLTE – Voice over LTE: A technology that allows voice calls to be transmitted over an LTE network.

VoNR – Voice over New Radio: A technology used in 5G networks to provide voice calling services.

E911 -Enhanced 911: A system that provides emergency services with the location of a caller, even if the caller is unable to provide that information.

IoT – Internet of Things: The network of devices that are connected to the internet, including sensors, appliances, and other machines.

SIM – Subscriber Identity Module: A small chip that identifies a user’s device and allows it to connect to a wireless network.

ESN – Electronic Serial Number: A unique identification number that is assigned to a mobile device by the manufacturer

AP – Access Point: An access point acts as a bridge between the wireless devices and the wired network, providing a wireless connection to the network infrastructure.

MDF – Main Distribution Frame: A type of telecommunications equipment used in data centers, telecommunication rooms, and other facilities to connect and manage incoming and outgoing communication lines.

IDF – Intermediate Distribution Frame: A type of telecommunications equipment that is used to connect and manage communication lines within a building or facility.

MPOE – Main Point of Entry: The point at which a building’s internal wiring connects to the external telecommunications network.

KPI – Key Performance Indicators: A measurable value that indicates how well an organization or individual is achieving a specific goal or objective.

MOCN – Multi-Operator Core Network: Technology used to enable multiple mobile network operators to share a common core network infrastructure.

MORAN – Multi-Operator Radio Access Network: Technology used to enable multiple mobile network operators to share a common radio access network infrastructure.

NOC – Network Operations Center: Describes the location, facility or method to monitor and troubleshoot a network and its devices

GUI – Graphical User Interface: Typical method of connecting, viewing and interacting with a capable device

CBRS – Citizens Broadband Radio Service: Reference to a FCC licensed and unlicensed spectrum between 3.5-3.7GHz that can be utilized for carrying private and carrier cellular traffic

HE – Headend: Typical term for colocation of carrier and Airwavz equipment within a structure




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