Wireless Technologies

Wireless technology has significantly advanced in recent years enabling many applications in addition to a traditional voice call over a mobile phone.  3G and high speed data has transformed the mobile phone and wireless services available. 

In this section we look at the following wireless technologies.

  • 3G  -  3G is short for third-generation mobile telephony. Mobile phones and wireless devices using 3G, send and receive data much faster than second generation (2G) systems enabling many more features and applications to be possible.
  • LTE  -  LTE (Long Term Evolution) is the next major enhancement to mobile radio communications networks. LTE is a standard that is being finalised as part of the future evolution of 3G, which incorporates significantly increased data rates and better performance to enhance the mobile broadband experience. 
  • WiMAX   -  WiMAX, the Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, is a telecommunications technology aimed at providing wireless data over long distances in a variety of ways.
  • Wi-Fi  -  Wi-Fi, short for Wireless Fidelity, is the term used to describe high speed wireless connection over short distances between mobile computing devices such as laptops and the internet.
  • Femtocells  -  Femtocells are low-power wireless access points that combine mobile and Internet technologies within the home and operate similar to a cordless phone.
  • Bluetooth  -  Bluetooth wireless technology is a short-range radio technology that uses radio frequency fields to transmit signals over short distances between telephones, computers and other devices. The technology offers simplified communication and synchronization between devices without the need for cables.
  • DECT  -  DECT stands for Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunication. DECT is a common standard for cordless telephones and is a radio technology suited for voice, data and networking applications in residential, corporate and public environments.  Many cordless phones used in residential homes use DECT technology.

Click here for an overview of radio communications in the community

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