Archive for the ‘G’ Category

3G

July 20, 2007

3G stands for third generation and usually (though not always) refers to the third generation of wireless personal communications devices (such as mobile phones, and PDAs) and service.

3G offers faster web browsing and mobile video. Higher bandwidth means that the broadband element can still be always on (downloading email, web surfing, games, instant messaging etc), while voice calls take place. Download speeds can be up to 2Mb for static locations and up to 384kb for mobile.

In the UK, licences for the spectrum assigned to 3G were auctioned off to mobile phone network providers at great cost. Setting up the networks required was also extremely expensive for the licence bid winners.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Gateway

June 17, 2007

A gateway is an entrance where two networks meet – for example, a home network and the internet. A router will sit at this gateway, determining how best to send packets of information to their destinations.

Gateways are often situated between an office or private (home) network and the internet – but they don’t have to be.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Gigabyte – Gig – GB

April 2, 2007

A gigabyte is 1024 megabytes (a megabyte is eight times a megabit). You will also hear it referred to as a Gig, or written as GB.

In relation to broadband packages you will often see GB with reference to the broadband package download allowance (the amount of data – webpages, songs, film trailers, emails, attachments – you are allowed to download in a month with that particular package).

Remember that a GB download allowance refers to an amount of data, not the download speed transfer rate.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Welcome to the Broadband Glossary

March 29, 2007

Are you trying to find our more about broadband but slowly drowning in technical terms, megs, uploads, downloads, contention ratios, cables and routers? Do you find you search online for a straightforward broadband or internet definition, or answers to “what does [insert term here…] mean?” Then welcome to my UK broadband and internet glossary blog.

I run a broadband comparison website www.ukbroadbandfinder.com and a couple of broadband blogs, ukbroadband.wordpress.com and ukbroadbandfinder.blogspot.com.

Between all my sites I cover home and business broadband packages and providers, FAQs, special offers and broadband news. What’s been missing is a straightforward UK broadband glossary so I am rectifying that with this broadband blog.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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