What is GSM ?
GSM Technology is continually evolving.
Having made great leaps forward in the past 10 years, it is facing an even
greater evolution in the years ahead.
What do the initials GSM stand for?
Global System for Mobile Communications
What is GSM?
GSM is an open, non-proprietary system that is constantly evolving. One of
its great strengths is the international roaming capability. This gives
consumers seamless and same standardised same number contact ability in
more than 170 countries. GSM satellite roaming has extended service access
to areas where terrestrial coverage is not available.
What is technically distinctive about the technology?
GSM differs from first generation wireless systems in that it uses digital
technology and time division multiple access transmission methods. Voice
is digitally encoded via a unique encoder, which emulates the
characteristics of human speech. This method of transmission permits a
very efficient data rate/information content ratio.
How will GSM evolve?
High bandwidth services are already becoming available through second
generation technologies. The development path to 3GSM is clearly mapped
out and brings with it the possibilities of sophisticated data and
multimedia applications. The GSM standard will continue to evolve, I with
wireless, satellite and cordless systems offering greatly expanded
services. These will include high speed, multimedia data services, inbuilt
support for parallel use of such services and seamless integration with
the Internet and wire line networks.
What is 3GSM?
3GSM is the generic term used for the next generation of mobile
These new systems will provide enhanced services to those available today
ie, voice, text and data. The concepts for 3GSM services are currently
being developed across the industry and by global groups such as the Third
Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). The GSM Association's vision of
3GSM is based on today's GSM standard, but evolved to include an
additional radio air interface better suited to high speed and multimedia
Will my current mobile phone cease to work when 3GSM systems are
There will be a period in which second generation and third generation
systems co-exist. In essence, third generation systems are based on second
generation infrastructure and services, but offer a new radio interface,
among other features. So your current mobile will continue to operate. It
will be up to you whether you wish to access 3GSM services. If you do, you
will need to upgrade.
What services will 3GSM offer?
Video on demand, high speed multimedia and internet access are just a few
possibilities. The main benefit of third generation systems is that they
will offer high end service capabilities, which include substantially
enhanced capacity, quality and data rates than currently available. 3GSM
services will also include concurrent usage of multiple services and
bridge the gap between wireless and internet/computing.
Will third generation systems be truly worldwide and how can I find out
about developments in my own country?
It is likely that there will be up to three types of technology deployed
in 3GSM. These systems are being harmonized to ensure they are compatible
and will accept multimode handsets. This integration of systems and
services will give users worldwide roaming. Your national regulatory
authority is the best and most accurate source of information on third
generation licenses and their availability in your country. However, the
GSM Association collates this information as it becomes available and will
be happy to help with any queries you may have.
Is there a health risk-using mobile phones?
The international scientific community reviews all relevant research as it
is published. The consensus of these expert groups is that there is no
demonstrable evidence of a risk to human health from mobile phone use. In
addition, it is argued that the low powered radio signals produced by
mobile phones do not have sufficient intrinsic energy to affect genetic
material. The GSM Association continues to support international quality
research into this question and contributes to a program coordinated by
the World Health Organization.
Is GSM secure?
From the outset, GSM has been a system designed with stringent levels of
inbuilt security. With constantly enhanced transmission protocols and
algorithms added to the flexible and future proof platform, GSM remains
the most secure public wireless standard in the world.
What is the GSM Association?
The GSM Association, based in Dublin, Ireland and London, UK, represents
the interests of more than 690 GSM, satellite and 3GSM operators, key
manufacturers and suppliers to the GSM industry as well as regulatory and
administrative bodies from more than 190 countries and regions around the
world. Most of the first third generation licensees are also members. The
GSM Association is responsible for the continued maintenance of open
standards and interoperability. The global cooperation between operators
is most powerfully illuminated by the success of international roaming.
One of the Association's major priorities is the development and promotion
of the GSM standard worldwide.
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