Glossary (Terms)

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5G

5th Generation Mobile Network = 5G

What is 5G?  The next telecom standards operating in the millimeter wave bands (28, 38, and 60 GHz); 5G planning aims at higher capacity than current 4G, allowing a higher density of mobile broadband users, and supporting device-to-device, more reliable, and massive machine communications

5G (NR)

5G New Radio = 5G (NR)

What is 5G (NR)? Associated with the new standards being developed for 5G RAN by the 3GPP.  5G (NR) delivers high levels of capabilities to the network by increasing the spectrum efficiency, traffic capacity, throughput, reliability, number of connected devices and reducing end-to-end latency.

A2P

Application to Person = A2P

What is A2P? Featured in our MaaP solution, A2P generally refers to functionality that allows an application (e.g., a web app) to send a message to one, or many simultaneous, mobile phones. Common use cases of A2P are alerts, notification, and branded marketing messages, such as flight alerts.

BBU

Baseband Unit = BBU

What is BBU? A baseband unit (BBU) is a unit that processes baseband in telecomm systems. A typical wireless telecom station consists of the baseband processing unit and the RF processing unit (remote radio unit - RRU). The baseband unit is placed in the equipment room and connected with RRU via optical fiber. The BBU is responsible for communication through the physical interface. A BBU has the following characteristics: modular design, small size, low power consumption and can be easily deployed. Cloud RAN offers a strategic differentiation by enabling the RRUs to interwork with the virtualized Cloud BBU over a non-ideal fronthaul (i.e. ethernet), overcoming the traditional constraints of CPRI over fiber.

C-RAN

Centralized Radio Access Network = C-RAN

What is C-RAN?  The acronym C-RAN, for “Centralized RAN” is sometimes mistakenly defined as “Cloud-RAN,” but it actually refers to a centralized, cloud-computing-based architecture for radio access networks that supports 2G, 3G, 4G and future telecommunication standards. It is an architecture which enables radios and antennas to be deployed close to the end user without the expense of a base station onsite. The Base station equipment can be located in a less expensive location and connected to the radios with fiber, allowing network capacity to be allocated dynamically.

CA

Carrier Aggregation = CA

What is CA? Carrier aggregation is a feature of LTE-Advanced used to increase the bandwidth and thereby increase the bitrate.

capex

Capital Expenditure = capex

What is capex? The money a company spends to buy, maintain or improve its fixed assets, such as buildings and equipment. This word is commonly capitalized like an acronym, but it is now a word in its own right. Download our White Paper on how with a Cloud RAN Deployment, Mobile Operators Can See 49% Savings in capex and 31% Annual Savings in opex.

Chatbot

What is a Chatbot?  A chatbot (also known as a talkbot, chatterbot, Bot, IM bot, interactive agent, or Artificial Conversational Entity) is a computer program or an artificial intelligence which conducts a conversation via auditory or textual methods. Such programs are often designed to convincingly simulate how a human would behave as a conversational partner, thereby passing the Turing test. The design of Mavenir RCS opens up possibilities to provide advanced communication between third party businesses and messaging users for a wide range of services such as Chatbots, Plugins, Artificial Intelligence and other third party industrial applications. For more information see our Messaging as a Platform services.

Cloud Network Function

What is Cloud Network Function?  Cloud Network Function is defined as a virtual network function (VNF), as described above, but with the added functionality of a VNF Manager and/or orchestration (MANO) that enable automated, elastic demand and service chaining functionality.

Cloud Radio Access Network

Cloud RAN = Cloud Radio Access Network

What is Cloud RAN? Cloud RAN is sometimes referred to vRAN. It is a broader understanding of the C-RAN, which does not limit the RAN to having a centralized architecture. The Cloud RAN in this usage can also imply a MEC architecture, which pushes processing power out to the Access portion of the network, and even further out to the devices themselves.