Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn October 13, 1983, Ameritech Mobile Communications (now AT&T) established the United States’ first cellular network in Chicago, Illinois. Reliable cellular networks make widespread use of mobile technology possible.A cell is a geographic region served by one cell tower. A cell tower, sometimes called a cell site or base station, is a radio transceiver. This means the tower can both transmit radio signals as well as receive them.A cellular network is simply a connected series of cells. Each cell operates on a distinct radio frequency. This allows mobile devices to access widespread coverage without a disruption in service as the user enters and exits each cell.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry access Noun
ability to use.
reasonably priced, not expensive.
ready for use.
sale of goods and services, or a place where such sales take place.
geographic region served by at least one cell tower, or radio transceiver.
cell tower Noun
place, usually a tall mast, where electronic communications equipment are placed to create and service a single cell in a cellular network.
cellular network Noun
connected series of cells, or geographic areas served by at least one cell tower, used for wireless communications.
sharing of information and ideas.
area reached by a communications network.
developing world Noun
nations with low per-capita income, little infrastructure, and a small middle class.
unique or identifiable.
to form or officially organize.
rate of occurrence, or the number of things happening in a specific area over specific time period.
having to do with places and the relationships between people and their environments.
condition of an organism's body and mind.
cable or wire connecting two ground locations.
mobile technology Noun
tools that are not dependent on a fixed location or set of machinery.
to control or manage.
taking part in an activity.
wireless transmission based on electromagnetic waves.
to get or accept.
any area on Earth with one or more common characteristics. Regions are the basic units of geography.
Encyclopedic Entry: region reliable Adjective
dependable or consistent.
device that can both transmit and receive signals.
to pass along information or communicate.
affecting a large area or community.