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Translating Telecom Jargon

SIP, PSTN, IP, DDI, DECT. Confusing, right? Don’t worry I was the same myself when I first entered the industry but reading our ‘Jargon Buster Glossary’ taught me everything I need, now I can speak fluent telecommunications! It can be a difficult and challenging field to understand for people who are not familiar with the technical lingo, however, it is necessary. You may need it in your job role or for personal use at home, whichever it is, we are here to help you navigate the world of telecommunications and help you make informed decisions about your internet and phone services.

To make things a little easier, here are some of the most common telecom terms and their definitions to help develop your understanding of telecoms:

  • Bandwidth = The amount of data that can be transmitted over a network at a time, it’s like a water pipe; the wider the pipe the more water can flow through it.
  • Direct Dial Inward (DDI) = A service that allows users to connect to a network or the internet using a phone line.
  • Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) = A wireless communication used in cordless phones, which uses digital technology to transmit voice and data, resulting in improved security and better call quality.
  • Ethernet = A technology that is widely used for connecting devices to a LAN (Local Area Network), using cables. It is known for being fast and dependable.
  • Local Area Network (LAN) = A group of interconnected devices that share resources to communicate within a small geographical area, such as a home or office.
  • Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) = A traditional phone system that uses copper lines to make calls.
  • Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) = A technology used to make and control phone and video calls over the internet.

It will be overwhelming and daunting at first but once you read our Jargon Buster Glossary, you’ll be a telecom natural and fully equipped. The world’s increasingly becoming more digitised every day, meaning more telecoms to carry out the function. It is a topic that will always be around and required, don’t let a language barrier halt your telecoms development.

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our experts.

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