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History of the Smartphone


The first smartphone carried the name Simon, and was designed by IBM in 1992. It was shown as a concept product that year at COMDEX, the computer industry trade show held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The following year, tt was released to the public by BellSouth. Besides having mobile phone functions, it was designed to have a calendar, address book, world clock, calculator, note pad, e-mail, send and it can receive fax, and was also a game interface. Designed to have no physical buttons to dial, customers had to use a touch-screen to select phone numbers with the finger or create facsimiles and memos with an optional stylus. Text was entered with a unique on-screen "predictive" keyboard. Because of the changes we have today in smartphone technology, the Simon would be a fairly low-end smartphone. ... more

What are Smartphones


Smartphones are types of mobile phones that offer advanced capabilities than typical mobile phones. While it is often the case that smartphones have PC-like functionality, there is no industry standard definition of a smartphone. For some, a smartphone is a phone that runs complete operating system software that provides a standardized interface and platform for application developers. Other define a smartphone simply as a phone carrying advanced features like e-mail and Internet capabilities, and/or a full keyboard. ... more

3rd Generation Mobile Phones


Not long after the introduction of 2G networks, third generation (3G) systems were soon developed. Various standards with different contending developers pushed their own technologies. Quite differently from 2G systems, however, the meaning of 3G has been standardized in the IMT-2000 standardization processing. This process did not standardize on a technology, but rather on a set of requirements (2 Mbit/s maximum data rate indoors, 384 kbit/s outdoors, for example). At that point, the vision of a single unified worldwide standard broke down. Instead, several different standards have been introduced and accepted. ... more

Second Generation Mobile Phone Systems


The 'second generation' (2G) mobile phone systems such as GSM, IS-136 ("TDMA"), iDEN and IS-95 ("CDMA") began to be introduced in the 1990s. While the first pre-commercial digital cellular phone call was made in the United States in 1990, it was in Finland, in 1991, that the first GSM network opened. ... more

1st Generation Cellular Phone


Many countries launched the first generation of cellular telephone systems which included the NIT, AMPS, SACS, RT MI, C-Net, and Radio com 2000 tecnologies. ... more

Mobile Phone History


In December 1947, Bell Labs engineers Douglas H. Ring and W. Rae Young recommended hexagonal cells for mobile phones. Philip T. Porter, also of Bell Labs, proposed further that the cell towers be at the corners of the hexagons rather than at the centers and have three-directional antennas that would transmit/receive into 3 adjacent hexagon cells. But the technology did not exist yet then and there was not yet any frequency allocated. It was not until the 1960s when cellular technology was developed by Richard H. Frenkiel and Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs. ... more

Communications in Korea


The city of Daejeon hosts the Daedeok Science Town which is the location of the main campus of ICU. Most lecture rooms, administrative and faculty offices are within easy reach from each other. However, research laboratories and facilities are scattered throughout the campus. There are also a cafeteria, a dormitory, and a sports field within the main campus. ... more

Korea Communications


Located in the city of Daejeon, the Information and Communications University is a Korean institution of higher learning put up in 1998. The university’s chief specialty is engineering and research in information technology. Besides the engineering school, it also boasts of a management school. The university has a substantial foreign population with about 20% of the enrolled graduate students being international students. Courses taught in English predominate the curriculum quite unlike most Korean universities. At the end of 2008, ICU intends to combine with KAIST. ... more

Communication University of China


The Communication University of China, CUC, formerly the Beijing Broadcasting Institute, BBI, is a higher academic institution based in Beijing, China. Its location is in Dingfuzhuang, on Chaoyang Lu just outside of the Eastern 5th Ring Road in Eastern Beijing. The university can be easily reached through the Beijing subway Batong line, with the station being adjacent to the university, or via car. ... more

NGN switches and networks


In the UK, British Telecom introduced another popular acronym for NGN - the 21CN (21st Century Networks, sometimes mistakenly quoted as C21N). This is another loose term for NGN and denotes BT's initiative to deploy and operate NGN switches and networks in the period 2006-2008 (the aim being by 2008 BT to have only all-IP switches in their network). ... more

NGN Technology Components


Internet technologies such as Internet Protocol (IP) and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) are the backbone by which Next Generation Networks operate. At the application level, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) seems to be taking over from ITU-T H.323. ... more

Next Generation Networking


Next Generation Networking (NGN) is a broad term that refers to key architectural changes in telecommunication core and access networks that is projected to be deployed over the next 5-10 years. The broad idea is that in NGN, one network transports all information and services (voice, data, and all sorts of media such as video) by encapsulating these into packets, like it is on the Internet. Built around the Internet Protocol, that the term "all-IP" is also sometimes a reference to the transformation of current telecommunication services towards NGN. ... more

Mobile VOIP Developments


Estimates say that the mobile VoIP industry is projected to grow by US$12 billion in 2010, for Europe alone. Four technologies are required for mobile VoIP functionality: a device, client software, a wireless network and a VoIP service. ... more

Mobile VoIP


Mobile VoIP as an extension of mobility to a VoIP Voice over IP network. ... more

International Telecommunication Union


The International Telecommunication Union is the second-oldest international organization still in existence, established to standardize and regulate international radio and telecommunications. It was founded as the International Telegraph Union in Paris on 17 May 1865. It is mandated to establish standards, allocate radio spectrum, and organize interconnection arrangements between different countries to allow international phone calls. This mandate in telecommunications is similar to the function that UPU performs for postal services. One of the specialized agencies of the United Nations, it is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, next to the main United Nations campus. ... more

History of the Mobile Phone


The history of mobile phones traces the development of handheld radio telephone technology from two-way radios appended to vehicles and handheld cellular telephones. ... more

Antennas for Low Frequency


Sheffield University researchers are on track to produce antennas for low frequency wireless communications that are so small that they could concievably by incorporated within the vehicles surface. Currently, applications for low frequency communications include space missions, emergency services, and military applications. However, the antennas that are currently used tend to break with abnormal frequency due to their size. ... more

Phone Card Industry


Prepaid phonecards were invented in Europe in the fall of 1975. However, calling cards were not available until 1986. Since there inception, the calling card and phone card industry has grown exponentially across the globe. Today, the international phone card is sold in over 185 countries around the world. ... more

Long Haul Optical Fibres


Researchers at ICT Research Centre in Australia have developed a system that will allow telephone companies to increase the speed ratings on long haul optical fibres by a multiple of 4 to 40 gigabits per second. The five most common sources of signal impairments in fibre optical cable are caused by: ... more

Wireless Bandwidth Optimisation


Researchers at Loughborough University Communications department are developing a technique to make better use of the spectrum. The plan is to increase coverage and provide better service to those searching the internet through wireless technology. ... more

Phone Card Industry: Part 2


In 1988, the first catalog of telecards for phone card collectors was published by Dr. Steve Hiscocks, in England. ... more

Digital TV Upgrades


UK consumers may soon have access to more channels and services if Ofcom has its propositions approved. The proposals should provide more capacity within the network, thus allowing HDTV channels to operate on DTT. However, in order for Ofcoms proposal to be approved, the industry is going to have to accept two new standards. ... more

Broadband in India


The Gramjyoti Rural Broadbrand Project is an initiative that aims to introduce mobile broadband applications to 18 villages and 15 towns in rural India. The goal of the project is to provide high-speed internet using special tehnology that will allow the local people to access important services. Some of these service include: ... more

Wireless Technology and Visible Light


At Boston University's College of Engineering researchers are working to develop the next generation of wireless communications technology based on visible light. The research initiative, known as the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center, is part of an $18.5m, multi-year National Science Foundation programme. ... more

Nonlinear Crystals: High Speed Communication


A group of researchers at Southampton University are working with nonlinear crystals in an attempt to develop an all-optical signal-processing devices that will increase high-speed telecommunications. Researchers hope to achieve signal processing at an entirely optical level. ... more

Quantum Cryptography


A team from Bristol University and roughly 40 other European institutions has developed an unbreakable encryption for a commercial communications network. The technology is based on quantum cryptography. Quantum cryptography is a technique that continually and randomly generates new encryption keys based on a stream of single photons emitted by a laser. ... more

Cognitive Radio


Birmingham University Researchers have developed a form of wireless communication in which a transceiver detects which channels are in use and which are not in use. The goal of the research group was to improve the quality and speed of two way radio communications. To accomplish this the group of researchers have invented a self-adapting antenna for cognitive radio. ... more

Smart Vehicle Communication Systems


The European Commission has reserved part of the radio spectrum for smart vehicle communication systems. The new systems will allow cars to communication with each other wirelessly. Within the next six months, the 300MHz of the spectrum in the 5.9GHz frequency band will be allocated by the national authorities. ... more

Mobile Satellite TV


Ocean Blue Software is headquartered in Bristol and is set to release software for the portable receivers. The Azure-Nomadik platform will be the first to support multiple standards and receive DVB-SH broadcasts. DVB is the new standard for satellite broadcast to handheld devices, such as smart phones and wireless PDAs. ... more

Traffic Monitoring through Communications


Mobile phones that have GPS will soon be able to tap into new technology that promises to transform traffic monitoring. It will work on most GPS-enabled cell phones operating on GSM networks that are capable of installing and running Java. As vehicles pass through the system's virtual geographic markers the phones will send anonymous speed and location readings to servers. ... more

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