BTS Advanced Communications’ Helpful Glossary of Telecommunications Terms (B-K)


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There are certain expressions in this blog and the telecommunications industry that don’t get used much in everyday conversation. Here is a quick list of terms that can help make things just a little clearer.

Backbone cabling: a subsystem of structured cabling that connects entrance facilities, equipment rooms and telecommunications rooms and enclosures.

BICSI: Building Industry Consulting Service International; a worldwide association that provides education, resources and accreditation to telecommunications professionals who design or install low-voltage distribution systems for commercial and residential use.

Cable trays: metal cable management equipment used to create information transport systems; the six types of cable tray are channel, ladder, single rail, solid bottom, trough and wire mesh

Cat 5: category 5, a type of cabling that transmits data at speeds of up to 100Mbps

Cat 5e: category 5e, the enhanced version of cat 5 cabling that transmits data at speeds of up to 1000Mbps

Cat 6: category 6, a type of cabling that supports a greater bandwidth than category 5e at 250 MHz and has a date transmission speed of up to 1000 Mbps

Cat 6A: category 6A, a type of cabling that supports a greater bandwidth than cat 6 at 500 MHz and has a date transmission speed of up to 10Gb/s

Crosstalk: electromagnetic interference from one wire or cable to another in a network system; this can include near end crosstalk (NEXT), far end crosstalk (FEXT) and alien crosstalk (AXT)

Ethernet: a type of cabling commonly used for high-speed computer networks; Ethernet is also the predominant choice for wiring local-area networks and is used in private households for connecting to a cable or DSL modem when accessing the internet using broadband

Fiber optics: a type of cabling chiefly used in telecommunications that transmits data in the form of light signals rather than electrical impulses

Information transport: the high-capacity transport of data, voice, and video from one source to another

Key system: a business phone system utilizing a number of buttons with lights to indicate which lines are in use; key systems are generally found in companies of 50 employees or fewer

(Please forward to the next post for more helpful telecommunications terms!)

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