Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

BUSINESS DAILY

Greece reins in Varoufakis in bailout team 'shuffle'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Did Jean-Marie Le Pen have a secret bank account in Switzerland?

Read more

ACCESS ASIA

India's 'twin town' phenomenon

Read more

BEYOND BUSINESS

Weed and work: Could cannabis legalisation bring an economic jolt?

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Louis Michel: Some EU countries 'not willing' to take in refugees

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Burundi: Protests continue against President Nkurunziza

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Nepal earthquake on social media

Read more

DEBATE

The Race to Save Lives in Nepal: World Ramps up Efforts to Provide Emergency Aid (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

The Race to Save Lives in Nepal: World Ramps up Efforts to Provide Emergency Aid (part 1)

Read more

Europe

World mobile phone conference to kick off in Barcelona

Text by Sébastian SEIBT , Nicolas DE SCITIVAUX , special correspondents in Barcelona

Latest update : 2009-10-19

In Barcelona, everyone speaks Catalan but, at the world telecommunications conference, people speak “mobile phone” dialect. It's a technological language, and not a simple one at that.

In Barcelona, everyone speaks Catalan but, at the world telecommunications conference, people speak the dialect of “mobile phone.” It’s a dialect of the technological world, and not a simple one at that. The acronyms and technical terms are enough to give one a migraine.

 

Even the official name of the convention, World GSMA, is offputting enough. It refers to the accepted term for mobile phone communications – Global System for Mobile Communication.  The ‘A’ stands for Association.

 

Confused? It gets worse. HSUPA, G1, 3G (sometimes with a +), Symbian, Li-on. Everyone here speaks it. Do you?

 

HSUPA - 100% geekspeak. It refers to high-speed uploads, to allow mobile phones to send videos to YouTube at great speed.

 

G1 – Almighty Google in mobile phone format. It’s the first phone created by HTC with a system customized for Google usage.

 

3G – the Rolls Royce of mobile phone connectivity. You need a 3G (or 3G+)  mobile phone. Useless for a simple phone call, though.

 

Symbian – the branch of Nokia devoted to smartphones. It refers to an operating system created by the Finnish company, analogous to Windows or Android, that runs smartphones.

 

Li-on – allows for extended phone use. It is a lithium and ion battery that allows one to use a mobile phone three times longer than a longer battery would permit.

 

You want more? It’s coming soon – live from Barcelona.

 

Date created : 2009-02-14

COMMENT(S)