When purchased, the SIM is registered by a network with the features
available to that SIM and stored in the network
Home Location (HLR).
The SIM is inserted in the mobile station (MS) and powered up.
The MS connects to the local BSC and hence the VLE / MSC. A network
registration process is executed and the MS registered on the network.
The wireless element is the connection between the mobile phone and the
mast. The communications within the rest of the network, the backhaul,
is most likely fibre optic cable.
Whilst switched on and a network is available the mobile is tracked
and if necessary the control passed from one base station element to another through
a process called handover.
Mobile phones are often called cell phones. A cell is the area which is
controlled by a single mast often represented by a hexhagonal cell
A MS will be able to make or receive a call, send or receive a text,
send or receive data.
The mobile phone will have available to it a phone system (PSTN) or a data system
The trunk or backhaul network must have the capacity to deal with all the
connections made to the mast or switching centre
mobilephonetechnology.co.uk is a collection of terms used in
mobile phone technology. The aim is to inform the user regarding mobile phone technology.
It is our belief that users who have at least some understanding of the technology behind
their phone can make informed choices regarding network use, device or app choice thus
getting a better service from the phone and phone company.
An informed user can more confidently understand what is being said about the phone or
network in the press or retail outlet and can make better decisions. The aim of this site
is to provide some information about mobile phone technology to aid the informing of the
Mobile Phone Technology
2016 was crossover year where over 50% of Internet traffic was driven by
mobiles rather than laptops or desktops. The (smart)phone in your pocket
is a very powerfull computer with fact connectivity.
The first mobile appeared in 1990 with the aim of providing mobile phone calls.
Since then SMS messages were added as a secondary communication medium. The Internet
was added in 2001 with the advent of WAP technology. Since then the phones and
communications have developed to the modern ubiquitous smartphones of today.
Fast access to the Internet is key to the contemporary mobile phone user. It
is needed to support many mobile apps, to deliver fast social media apps and
information via the billions of Internet sites. What next? Your guess is as good
as mine, but most observers believe that "artificial intelligence" will grow over
the next few years.
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