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Last Update 12th January 2020

Service Provision -
Technologies for Next Generation
Communications Systems

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Edited by
Kenneth J. Turner, Evan H. Magill, David J. Marples

Published by
John Wiley and Sons, ISBN 0-47085066-3


As with most of computer science, communications is replete with acronyms. Major abbreviations mentioned in chapters are collected below.

1GFirst Generation (cellular system)
2.5GSecond-to-Third Generation (cellular system)
2GSecond Generation (cellular system)
3GThird Generation (cellular system)
3GPPThird Generation Partnership Project
4GFourth Generation (cellular system)
AAL1ATM Adaptation Layer 1
ACAP Adaptive Communicating Applications Platform
ACLAccess Control List.
ADLArchitecture Description Language
ADPCMAdaptive Dynamic Pulse Code Modulation
ADSLAsymmetric Digital Subscriber Line
ADTAbstract Data Type
AFAssured Forwarding
AHAuthentication Header.
AINAdvanced Intelligent Network
AMICAutomotive Multimedia Interface Consortium
AMPSAdvanced Mobile Phone Service
ANNArtificial Neural Network
ANSIAmerican National Standards Institute
APEXApplication Exchange
APIApplication Programming Interface
ARPUAverage Revenue Per User
ASNAbstract Syntax Notation
ASPActive Server Pages
ASPApplication Service Provider
ATAccess Tandem
ATMAsynchronous Transfer Mode
AWCArea Wide Centrex
AYUSAs Yet Unknown Service
AuCAuthentication Center
BCMBasic Call Model
BCSMBasic Call State Model
BERBit Error Rate
BICCBearer Independent Call Control
BSBase Station
BSCBase Station Controller
BTSBase Transceiver Station
BWABroadband Wireless Access
CAMEL Customized Applications for Mobile (station) Enhanced Logic
CASEComputer Aided Software Engineering
CBRConstant Bit Rate
CCCountry Code
CCAFCall Control Agent Function
CCDCharge-Coupled Device
CCFCall Control Function
CCIRInternational Consultative Committee for Radio
CCITTInternational Consultative Committee for Telephony and Telegraphy
CCMCORBA Component Model
CCSCommon Channel Signaling
CDCompact Disk
CDMA Code Division Multiple Access
CDPDCellular Digital Packet Data
CIDLComponent Implementation Definition Language
CIMCommon Information Model
CNPContract Net Protocol
CORBACommon Object Request Broker Architecture
COTSCommercial Off The Shelf
CPHCall Party Handling
CPLCall Processing Language
CPRCall Processing Record
CRMCustomer Relationship Management
CSCapability Set
CTIComputer-Telephony Integration
CWMCommon Warehouse Model
CentrexCentral Exchange (services)
DABDigital Audio Broadcasting
DAMLDARPA Agent Markup Language
DARPADefense Advanced Research Projects Agency
DCEDistributed Computing Environment
DCTDiscrete Cosine Transform
DECTDigital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications
DENDirectory Enabled Networks
DFPDistributed Functional Plane
DMTF Distributed Management Task Force
DPDetection Point
DPCMDifferential Pulse Code Modulation
DPEDistributed Processing Environment
DSDifferentiated Service
DSCPDifferentiated Service Code Point
DSCQSDouble Stimulus Continuous-Quality Scale
DSLDigital Subscriber Line
DSPDigital Signal Processor/Processing
DSS1Digital Signaling System Number 1
DTMFDual-Tone Multiple Frequency
DVBDigital Video Broadcasting (-C Cable, -T Terrestrial, -S Satellite)
DVDDigital Versatile/Video Disk
DiffServDifferentiated Services
E-OTDEnhanced Observed Time Difference
E911Enhanced 911 (emergency service)
EDACSEnhanced Digital Access Communication System
EDGEEnhanced Data rates for GSM (or Global) Evolution
EDPEvent Detection Point
EFExpedited Forwarding
EFSMextended finite state machine
EIAElectronics Industry Association
EIREquipment Identity Register
EJBEnterprise Java Beans
EMAElectronic Messaging Association
EOEnd Office
EPSRCEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK)
ESPEncapsulated Security Payload.
ESTELLEExtended Finite State Machine Language
ETIEmbed The Internet
ETSIEuropean Telecommunications Standards Institute
FCCFederal Communications Commission
FDDFrequency Division Duplex
FDMAFrequency Division Multiple Access
FDTFormal Description Technique
FIMFeature Interaction Manager
FOMAFreedom of Mobile Multimedia Access (Japanese 3G system)
FORCESForum for Creation and Engineering of Telecommunications Services
FSAFinite State Automaton
FSMFinite State Machine
FTPFile Transfer Protocol
GAGenetic Algorithm
GFPGlobal Functional Plane
GGSNGateway GPRS Support Node
GIFGraphics Interchange Format
GIOPGeneral Inter-ORB Protocol
GPGenetic Programming
GPLGeneral Public License (GNU)
GPRSGeneral Packet Radio Service
GPSGlobal Positioning System
GRGeneric Requirements
GSMGlobal System for Mobile Communications
GUIGraphical User Interface
HAPSHigh Altitude Platform System
HAViHome Audio-Video Interoperability
HDTVHigh Definition Television
HLRHome Location Register
HSCSDHigh Speed Circuit-Switched Data
HTMLHyperText Markup Language
HTTPHyperText Transfer/Transport Protocol
HomePlugHome Powerline Alliance
ICMPInternet Control Message Protocol
IDLInterface Definition Language
IECInternational Electrotechnical Commission
IETFInternet Engineering Task Force
IMInstant Messaging
IMEIInternational Mobile Equipment Identity
IMPPInstant Messaging and Presence Protocol
IMPSInstant Messaging and Presence Service
IMSIInternational Mobile Subscriber Identity
IMXPInstant Messaging Exchange Protocol
INIntelligent Network
INAPIntelligent Network Application Part
IPIntelligent Peripheral
IPInternet Protocol
IPSecInternet Protocol Security
ISInterim Standard
ISCInternational Softswitch Consortium
ISDBIntegrated Services Digital Broadcasting
ISDNIntegrated Services Digital Network
ISOInternational Organization for Standardization
ISPInternet Service Provider
ITUInternational Telecommunications Union
ITU-RInternational Telecommunications Union – Radio
ITU-TInternational Telecommunications Union – Telecommunications
IVRInteractive Voice Response
IntServIntegrated Services
IrDAInfrared Data Association
JAINJava API for Integrated Networks
JCCJava Call Control
JFIFJPEG File Interchange Format
JIACJava Intelligent Agent Componentware
JNDJust Noticeable Difference
JPEGJoint Photographic Experts Group
JSPJava Server Pages
LALocation Area
LANLocal Area Network
LBSLocation-Based Service
LCDLiquid Crystal Display
LDAPLightweight Directory Access Protocol
LEOLow Earth Orbit
LIDBLine Information Database
LMDSLocal Multipoint Distribution Service
LNPLocal Number Portability
LOTOSLanguage Of Temporal Ordering Specification
LSSGRLocal Switching Systems General Requirements
MACMedium Access Control
MACMessage Authentication Code
MBoneVirtual Multicast Backbone on the Internet
MDAModel Driven Architecture
MEOMedium Earth Orbit
MGCMedia Gateway Controller
MGCPMedia Gateway Control Protocol
MHAMessage Handling Agent
MHEGMultimedia and Hypermedia Information Coding Expert Group
MIDIMusical Instrument/Integration Digital Interface
MIMEMultipurpose Internet Mail Extensions
MMSMultimedia Messaging Service
MMUSICMultiparty MUltimedia SessIon Control
MOFMeta-Object Facility
MP3MPEG-1 layer 3
MPCMultimedia Personal Computer
MPEGMoving Picture Experts Group
MPLSMultiProtocol Label Switching
MPTMinistry of Post and Telecommunications
MSMobile Station
MSCMessage Sequence Chart
MSCMobile Switching Center
MSFMulti-Service Switching Forum
MSISDNMobile Station ISDN Number
MSRNMobile Station Roaming Number
MTIMissed Trigger Interaction
MTPMessage Transfer Part
MUMCMultiple User Multiple Component
MUSCMultiple User Single component
MVNOMobile Virtual Network Operator
NDCNational Destination Code
NGNNext Generation Network
NISTNational Institute of Standards and Technology
NNINetwork-Network Interface
NPANetwork Provider Agent
NSFNational Science Foundation
OA&MOperations, Administration and Management
OBCMOriginating Basic Call Model
OCSOriginating/Outgoing Call Screening
ODPOpen Distributed Processing
OMAObject Management Architecture
OMAOpen Mobile Alliance
OMCOperations & Management Center
OMGObject Management Group
ORBObject Request Broker
OSAOpen Services Access
OSGiOpen Services Gateway initiative
OSIOpen Systems Interconnection
OSSOperation Support System
PAMPresence and Availability Management
PAMRPublic Access Mobile Radio
PANPersonal Area Network
PBXPrivate Branch Exchange
PCPersonal Computer
PCAPersonal Communications Agent
PCFPacket Control Function
PCMPulse Code Modulation
PCSPersonal Communication System
PDAPersonal Digital Assistant
PDBPer-Domain Behavior
PDCPersonal Digital Cellular
PDSNPacket Data Serving Node
PEPhysical Entity
PHBPer-Hop Behavior
PHSPersonal Handyphone System
PICPoint In Call
PIMPersonal Information Manager
PIMPlatform Independent Model
PIMPresence and Instant Messaging
PLMNPublic Land Mobile Network
PMRPrivate Mobile Radio
PNAPhoneline Networking Alliance
POAPortable Object Adapter
POSPacket Over SONET
POTSPlain Old Telephone Service
PPPhysical Plane
PRIMPresence and Instant Messaging
PSMPlatform Specific Model
PSTNPublic Switched Telephone Network
QoSQuality of Service
RANRadio Access Network
RFRadio Frequency
RFCRequest For Comments
RM-ODPReference Model for Open Distributed Processing
RMIRemote Method Invocation
RNCRadio Network Controller
RPCRemote Procedure Call
RSVPResource Reservation Protocol
RTCPReal Time Control Protocol
RTPReal-time Transport Protocol
RTSPReal Time Streaming Protocol
RTTRadio Transmission Technology
SAESociety for Automotive Engineers
SAISequential Action Interaction
SCEService Creation Environment
SCFService Control Function
SCPService Control Point
SDSpeed Dialing
SDFService Data Function
SDLSpecification and Description Language
SDP Service Data Point
SGSNServing GPRS Support Node
SIBService Independent Building Block
SIDShared Information Model
SIGSpecial Interest Group
SIMSubscriber Identity Module
SIMPLESIP for Instant Messaging and Presence Leveraging Extensions
SIPSession Initiation Protocol
SIP-TSIP for Telephony
SLAService Level Agreement
SLEEService Logic Execution Environment
SLPService Location Protocol
SLPService Logic Program
SMFService Management Function
SMRSpecialist Mobile Radio
SMSService Management System
SMSShort Message Service
SMTPSimple Mail Transfer protocol
SNService Node
SNSubscriber Number
SNMPSimple Network Management Protocol
SOAPSimple Object Access Protocol
SOHOSmall Office-Home Office
SONETSynchronous Optical Network
SPService Plane
SPAService Provider Access
SPAService Provider Agent
SPCStored Program Control
SRFSpecialized Resource Function
SRPSpecialized Resource Point
SS7Signaling System Number 7
SSCPService Switching and Control Point
SSFService Switching Function
SSLSecure Sockets Layer
SSMSwitching State Model
SSP Service Switching Point
STBSet Top Box
STIShared Trigger Interaction
STPSignal Transfer Point
SUMCSingle User Multiple Component
SUSCSingle User Single Component
SVoD Subscription Video on Demand
TACSTotal Access Communication System
TBCMTerminating Basic Call Model
TCAPTransaction Capabilities Application Part
TCPTransmission Control Protocol
TD-CDMATime Division CDMA
TD-SCDMATime Division Synchronous CDMA
TDDTime Division Duplex
TDMTime Division Multiplexing
TDMATime Division (or Demand) Multiple Access
TDMATime Division Multiple Access
TDOATime Difference of Arrival
TDPTrigger Detection Point
TelcoTelephone Company
TETRATErrestrial Trunked RAdio
TIATelecommunications Industry Association
TINATelecommunication Information Networking Architecture
TINA-CTINA Consortium
TIPHONTelephony and Internet Protocol Harmonization Over Networks
TLSTransport Layer Security
TMFTeleManagement Forum
TMNTelecommunication Management Network
TSCTelematics Suppliers Consortium
TUPTelephony User Part
ToSType of Service
UCMUse Case Map
UDDIUniversal Description, Discovery and Integration
UDPUser Datagram Protocol
UMUnified Messaging
UMLUnified Modeling Language
UMTSUniversal Mobile Telecommunications System
UNIUser-Network Interface
UPTUniversal Personal Telecommunications
UPnPUniversal Plug and Play
UWBUltra Wide Band
UsenetUSErs’ NETwork
VLRVisitor Location Register
VPIMVoice Profile for Internet Mail
VPNVirtual Private Network
VoATMVoice over ATM
VoDVideo on Demand
VoIPVoice over Internet Protocol
W3CWorld Wide Web Consortium
WANWide Area Network
WAPWireless Access/Application Protocol
WAPWireless Application Protocol
WLANWireless Local Area Network
WLLWireless Local Loop
WMLWireless Markup Language
WSDLWeb Services Description Language
WVMIMPWireless Village Mobile Instant Messaging and Presence
WWWWorld Wide Web
XMLExtensible Markup Language
XMLeXtensible Markup Language
xDSLDigital Subscriber Line (of any type)

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