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Wireless network

Wireless networks are telephone or computer networks that use radio as their carrier or physical layer.

  • Wireless LAN - local area networks
  • Wireless PAN - personal area networks
  • GSM - Global standard for digital mobile communication, common in most countries except the USA and Japan
  • PCS - Personal communication system - not a single standard, this covers both CDMA and GSM networks operating at 1900 MHz in North America
  • Mobitex[?] - pager-based network in the USA, built by Ericsson, now used by PDAs such as the Palm VII[?] and Research in Motion[?] BlackBerry
  • GPRS - General Packet Radio Service, upgraded packet-based service within the GSM framework, gives higher data rates and always-on service
  • UMTS - Universal Mobile Telephone Service (3rd generation cell phone network), based on the W-CDMA[?] radio access network
  • AX.25[?] - amateur packet radio
  • NMT[?] - Nordic Mobile Telephony, analog system originally developed by PTTs in the Nordic countries
  • AMPS - America Mobile Phone System
  • D-AMPS[?] - Digital AMPS, also known as TDMA

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