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Our online glossary is here to help you make sense of the terminology used in the cell phone industry. It covers mobile technologies, such as 3G and 4G, and even includes a bit of information on smartphone operating systems and the companies that make the cell phones and other mobile technology devices we all use.

What is "TDMA"?

TDMA stands for time division multiple access. TDMA is a multiplexing method that divides network connections into time slices, where each device on the TDMA network connection gets one or more time slices during which it can transmit or receive data. TDMA is often used to refer to early digital mobile phone networks that made use of TDMA multiplexing, such as the original network implemented by AT&T/Cingular before it moved to GSM, which is itself based on TDMA technology.

Also known as: "Time Division Multiple Access"

See Also: GSM

Referred to by: 2G, CDMA, GSM, iDEN

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