Wireless DRM refers to a combined network and terminal based rights protection solution, that enables controlled and secure usage and distribution of digital content. Digital content includes anything that offers entertainment, information or education, such as music, video, games, marketing promotions, wallpaper, ringtones and images.
Digital rights are a set of rules, or copyright that control how this content can be consumed and terms of usage. The real value of protected wireless content lies in the rights because these control how it can be rendered and revenue generated from it. The fixed internet and wireless networks have revolutionised the way people communicate, access and share information. DRM solutions are a key enabler of legalising the global information highway. As fixed and wireless DRM markets develop and mature, DRM solutions will ultimately be at the core of all digital content and multimedia services, enabling a seamless convergence of access across all networks and devices.
The goal of a DRM solution is to keep honest people honest and not infringe upon their freedom to access and share content, while at the same time making it difficult for pirates to create illegal copies and distribution systems. DRM should be transparent so that the end-user does not know it is there in the sense of being impeded in their ability to access content and data services.
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) enabled networks offer 'always-on', higher capacity, Internet-based content and packet-based data services. This enables services such as colour Internet browsing, e-mail on the move, powerful visual communications, multimedia messages and location-based services.
3GSM represents third generation services delivered on an evolved core GSM network. 3GSM services are delivered at a technical level on third generation standards developed by 3GPP, which utilise air interfaces for W-CDMA and, in some specified markets, EDGE.
XML (eXtensible Markup Language)
XML is rapidly emerging as the global method of choice for creating web content because it allows for industry-specific language definitions and the ability to operate over multiple devices and network platforms.
WAP (Wireless Applications Protocol)
A proposed protocol for wireless applications. The protocol is designed to simplify how wireless users access electronic and voice mail, send and receive faxes, make stock trades, conduct banking transactions and view miniature Web pages on a small screen.
RRL (Referred Roaming List)
A list of SID's kept inside a phone to permit roaming on other wireless networks. A service provider may set up roaming agreements with other service providers in different geographic regions and the PRL will try to locate one of these service providers' networks first when the home service provider is unavailable. PRL's do change so it's a good idea to ask for a PRL upgrade every 6 months or so if you do a lot of roaming outside your home service area.
SP-Lock or SIM Lock
A lock placed on a cellular phone by some service providers to ensure that you can only use the phone with their services.
The ability to keep a wireless number when you switch from one carrier to another.
A bundle of data organized in a specific way for transmission. The three principal elements of a packet include the header, the text, and the trailer [error detection and correction bits].
Sending data in packets through a network to a remote location. The data sent is assembled by the PAD, often called a 'modem,' into individual packets of data.
Also known as a 'contact manager,' is a form of software that logs personal and business information, such as contacts, appointments, lists, notes, occasions, etc.
A band of the electromagnetic spectrum used for airwave communications and some fiber-optic transmission systems. Infrared is commonly used for short-range [up to 20 feet] through-the-air data transmission.
A modified TDMA technology used by Motorola. iDEN phones operate at 800 MHz and are offered by Telus Mobility in Canada and by Nextel in the US.
A programming language from Sun Microsystems which abstracts data on bytecodes so that the same code runs on any operating system. Java software is generally posted on the Web and downloadable over the Internet to a PC. HotJava is installed on a Web browser and enables Java programs to be delivered over the Web and run on a PC.
A number assigned by the wireless carrier to a customer's phone. The MIN is meant to be changeable, since the phone could change hands or a customer could move to another city. See also ESN, IMSI, TMSI. It is a 10 digit NANP-like number. It includes a 6-digit prefix (MBI) followed by a 4-digit MSN.
The standard format, developed and adopted by the Internet Engineering Task Force [IETF], for including non-text information in Internet mail, thus supporting the transmission of mixed-media messages across TCP/IP networks. In addition to covering binary, audio, and video data, MIME is the standard for transmitting foreign language text which cannot be represented in ASCII code.
A unit for expressing frequency which is the number of times a wave-like radio signal changes from maximum positive to maximum negative charge per second. 1 Hz = 1 cycle per second. 1 kilohertz (kHz) = 1,000 Hz; 1 megahertz (MHz) = 1,000 kHz or 1,000,000 Hz; 1 gigahertz (GHz) = 1,000 MHz or 1 million kHz or 1 billion Hz. AMPS (analog) cellular phones in Canada and the US use the 800 MHz band. Digital phones use either the 800 MHz or 1900 MHz (or 1.9 GHz) frequencies. Specifically, CDMA and TDMA use either 800 or 1900 MHz; iDEN uses only 800 MHz; GSM uses only the 1900 MHz spectrum in North America. GSM uses 900, 1800, and/or 1900 MHz on other continents.
A modification of standard HTML for use on small screens of mobile phones, PDAs, and pagers. HDML is a text-based markup language, which uses HyperText Transfer Protocol [HTTP] and is compatible with Web servers.
An authoring software language used on the Web. HTML is used to create Web pages and hyperlinks.
The protocol used by the Web server and the client browser to communicate and move documents around the Internet.
Actual time spent talking on your cellular telephone.
Code used by computer and data communication systems for translating characters, numbers, and punctuation into digital form. ASCII characters can be recognized by computer and communications devices using a variety of applications.
Time Division Multiple Access. TDMA divides frequency bands available to the network into time slots, with each user having access to one time slot at regular intervals. TDMA thereby makes more efficient use of available bandwidth than the previous generation AMPS technology.
A phone which can operate on three bands, typically a GSM phone operating on 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, and 1900 MHz.