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B-CDMA - Broadband Code Division Multiple Access


B-ISDN - Broadband ISDN


Bandwidth - A term meaning both the width of a transmission channel in terms of Hertz and the maximum transmission speed in bits per second that it will support


Battery - A chargeable device which provides the mobile phone with power. A variety of battery technologies have been used for mobile phones including nickel cadmium (NiCad), nickel metal hydride (NiMH) and lithium ion (Li-ion)

Battery status/Battery charge display

Battery status/Battery charge display - An indication of the amount of battery life remaining


BCCH - Broadcast Control Channel; the logical channel used in cellular networks to broadcast signalling and control information to all mobile phones within the network


BCH - Broadcast Channels; carry only downlink information and are mainly responsible for synchronisation and frequency correction (BCCH, FCCH and SCH)


BER - Bit Error Rate; the percentage of received bits in error compared to the total number of bits received


BERT - Bit Error Rate Test


BHCA - Busy Hour Call Attempts; the number of call attempts made during a network’s busiest hour of the day


Bit - A bit is the smallest unit of information technology. As bits are made up using the binary number system, all multiples of bits must be powers of two i.e. a kilobit is actually 1024 bits and a megabit 1048576 bits. Transmission speeds are given in bits per second (bit/s)


Bluetooth - A wireless personal area network (PAN) specification that connects phones, computers, appliances, etc. over short distances without wires by using low power radio frequencies.Bluetooth allows you to leave your phone in your pocket, while talking on your phone with a Bluetooth headset - with no wires. You can also exchange contact or scheduling information with other Bluetooth-enabled phones nearby, or send such information to a nearby Bluetooth-enabled printer.


BSC - Base Station Controller; the network entity controlling a number of Base Transceiver Stations


BSS - Base Station System/Subsystem


BTS - Base Transceiver Station; the network entity which communicates with the mobile station


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