Cellular data convergence: An introduction to wireless and 3G

The world of wireless data capabilities on the carrier networks is seeing a tremendous amount of growth as it relates to standards and service offerings. This article tries to cut through some of the clutter of data capabilities being offered by the wireless carriers and the technologies that are being utilized.

Today's wireless carriers are confronted with a multitude of technologies and emerging standards that represent an alphabet soup of options for offering data capabilities over a cellular backbone. A list of some terms to consider, with a brief description of each, appears below:

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