Have a Read Through some of the Commonly used Acronyms in the Tech World

  • PSTN (Published Switched Telephone Network)

    – Circuit based telephone networks that are operated by national, regional, or local telephony operators.

  • POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service)

    – Telephone systems which operate using standard device with coil cord and no portable handset.

  • PBX (Private Branch Exchange)

    – Private calling system typically used in businesses for internal use to allow enterprises to transfer calls with ease on local lines.

  • FTP (File Transfer Protocol)

    – Transferring a file from a server to a client using a standard network protocol.

  • LAN (Local Area Network)

    – A device network which works based on the locality of computers and devices. Typically used in schools and businesses.

  • MAC (Media Access Control)

    – Layers of data which make up one interface.

  • PAC (Porting Authorisation Code)

    – This is a unique selection of numbers and letters typically used by mobile companies to allow number switchover when moving to different network providers.

  • IMIE (International Mobile Equipment Identity)

    – This is a code used to identify when a phone has been lost or stolen and needs to be deactivated. It identifies devices which are valid and those which are no longer in use.

  • MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching)

– A protocol which allows circuits through an IP network. All information sent from a source A is setup to end up in source B. A circuit number also known as a label is provided to allow the queuing setup, for the information.

  • WAN (Wide Area Network)

    – A large geographical area is covered by a wide area network to provide internet connection. It can be used for private or public use.

  • HTML (Hypertext Markup Language)

    – These are text codes to setup how websites are used and displayed.

  • HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol)

    – This is a network protocol which allows web pages to receive requests to process the page for result.

  • IP (Internet Protocol)

    – A media transfer system which allows different types of networks to relay messages.

  • BPS (Bits Per Second)  

– The measured amount for the time taken when transferring or processing data.

  • ISP (Internet Service Provider)

    – The provider of the internet data.

  • QoS (Quality of Service)

    – Gathering information of the standard of network when using its services. The performance of the length and quality is key to the best quality.

  • API (Application Programming Interface)

    – Also known as middleware between the function of an app. API allows the interface and programming to be structured in a way that the app can function per its designer’s needs.

  • BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

    – This is a policy some companies have started implementing to allow workers to bring their own devices to work such as phones, laptops, tablets etc.

  • VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol)

    – Services which allow calls and communication over the internet such as Skype, Viber, FaceTime etc.

  • IoT (Internet of Things)

    – Being able to connect devices using the internet which is being developed in new ways every day.

  • ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network)

    – Integrating services such as calls, voice calls, video, data and others all over one converged network.