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Telecommunication
                 
 Bandwidth
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Telecommunication
 Average Revenue Per Unit (ARPU)
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An indicator of operating performance for telecommunication carriers. The Average Revenue per Unit is a gauge of the average monthly revenue generated for each customer unit, such as a wireless phone, pager that is currently in service.

 

Telecommunication
 Churn Rate
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The churn rate is an operating metric used to monitor retention rate of a carriers customer base. The churn rate is the percentage of subscribers that terminate wireless service with the carrier on a monthly basis. The lower the churn rate , the fewer new subscribers a carrier must add to generate new subscribers.

 

Telecommunication
 Net Subscriber Additions
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Net Subscriber Additions is the number of new customers added minus customers that terminate a service with the carrier.

 

Telecommunication
 Cost Per Gross Subscriber Additions
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The Cost Per Gross Subscriber additions is an indicator of the average costs of signing up a new subscriber. It is calculated by adding selling, marketing, and handset , and accessory subsidy costs and dividing the total by new subscribers during the period. This is also called the number of gross adds.

 

Telecommunication
 Cash Cost per User (CCPU)
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Cash Cost Per User is a benchmark used to measure the average monthly cost of serving subscribers. CCPU is calculated as total operating expenses less equipment revenue, depreciation, and amortization expenses, and the cost of acquiring new subscribers, which is divided by the average subscribers for the period.

 

Telecommunication
 Time Division MultipleAccess (TDMA)
Category
 

TDMA is a first generation digital cellular technology that offers a threefold increase in capacity over analog technology.

 

Telecommunication
 Bluetooth
Category
 

A short range wireless networking technology that is designed to replace cables linking high tech devices. It mauy be used to connect headsets to cellphones or cellphone to laptops.

 

Telecommunication
 Airtime
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Duration of a customer's wireless phone calls.

 

Telecommunication
 Base Station
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The fixed device that intercepts signals sent by a mobile radio transmitter /receiver .

 

Telecommunication
 Ringtone
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An audibe, call progress signal connector that indicates the called station being rung. Wireless service providers offer a wide selection of music and tones that customers may use to personalize their ringtone signal.

 

Telecommunication
 Cell Site
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The location of the wireless antenna and network communications equipment.

 

Telecommunication
 Net Subscriber Additions
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A growth metric that is equal to the number of wireless customers that add service during a period less those that terminate service.

 

Telecommunication
 Dual Mode
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A wireless phone that works on both analog and digital networks.

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Telecommunication
 Dual Mode
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A wireless phone that can operate on 800MHz or 1900 Mhz frequencies as needed.

 

Telecommunication
 Distortion
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The loss or corruption of information in a signal during transmission in telecommunications .This term usually refers to analog signals.

 

Telecommunication
 Radio Frequency
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The part of the electromagnetic spectrum used for transmitting radio signals.

 

Telecommunication
 Population (POPs)
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A cellular industry term for customers or potential customers within a licensed area as surveyed by the U.S. Census . One POP is one member of the population.

 

Telecommunication
 WCDMA
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A 3G technology that increases data transmission rates in GSM systems by using CDMA air interface instead of TDMA.

 

Telecommunication
 Number portability
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A network feature that enables mobile or wireline users to retain their geographic or non-geographic telephone number when they change location, service provider, or type of service. Number portability was first made available to toll-free numbers , then to long distance services, and eventually to wireless and wireline services.

 

Telecommunication
 Roaming
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A service offered by most wireless providers that allows subscribers to use cellular service while traveling outside their home service area. Roaming requires an agreement between operators of technologically compatible systems in individual markets to permit customers of either operator to access the other's system. Roaming areas and costs vary by service provider.

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Telecommunication
 Short message service (SMS)
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A feature supported by GSM and other mobile systems that permits wireless phones to send brief text messages (140 to 160 characters). Unlike paging services, short messages are stored and forwarded in SMS centers. GSM transmits short messages on a separate signaling path, simultaneously with voice, data, and fax.

 

Telecommunication
 Cell site
Category
 

The location of the wireless antenna and network communications equipment.

 

Telecommunication
 Converged Mobile Device
Category
 

A wireless telephone equipped with computer-enabled features such as wireless e-mail, Internet access, and data transfer with other devices which is also called a smartphone.

 

Telecommunication
 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
Category
 

A transitional (2.5G) version of GSM that speeds up data reception and transmission as well as voice,.GPRS operates at speeds similarto those of a dial-up modem. This technology is being replaced by much faster 3G data technologies.

 

Telecommunication
 Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM)
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GSM is a second generation digital technology that is mostly used for voice transmissions. It has been adopted by the European Union and is currently the most widely used digital cellular standard worldwide.

 

Telecommunication
 Hertz
Category
 

A measure of radio frequency in cycles per second. Kilohertz (kHz) = thousands; megahertz(MHz) = millions; gigahertz (GHz) = billions; terahertz (THZ) =trillions.

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Telecommunication
 Mobile Virtual Network Operators
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Wireless service providers that own minimal or no facilities .They resell capacity on other service provider networks.

 

Telecommunication