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    • SS7 (Signaling System 7)

      SS7 (Signaling System 7)

      SS7 (Signaling System 7) is a standard for control signaling in the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network. SS7 signaling is done out-of-band, meaning that SS7 signaling messages are transported over a separate data connection. This represents a significant security improvement over earlier systems which used in-band signaling. The first CCS protocol was the Signaling System

    • CLEC (Competitive Local Exchange Carrier)

      CLEC (Competitive Local Exchange Carrier)

      A CLEC, or Competitive Local Exchange Carrier, is a type of telecommunications provider that was formed after the breakup of AT&T. CLECs are usually smaller telecommunications providers that compete with ILECs, or Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers, which were already in place before AT&T’s separation. While CLECs generally provide the same services as ILECS for less,

    • How to Make a Lineman’s Handset

      How to Make a Lineman’s Handset

      This is the “right hand” of both the professional and the amateur lineman. Basically, it is a customized portable telephone which is designed to be hooked onto raw cable terminals in the field and used to monitor the line, talk, or dial out. The monitor function is usually the main difference between the “butt-in” test

    • iDEN (Integrated Digital Enhanced Network)

      iDEN (Integrated Digital Enhanced Network)

      An IDEN, or Integrated Dispatch Enhanced Network, is a radio service provided by some mobile telephones that allows subscribers to talk to nearby subscribers who have similar phones without dialing their individual numbers. IDENs are often provided as a free service on modern mobile phones, such as Nextel, or as a premium service that can

    • Who Invented the Telephone?

      Who Invented the Telephone?

      The invention of the telephone is credited to American Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson in the mid-to-late 19th Century. Although Bell ultimately prevailed in the early signs of patent wars to come in the tech industry, there are a number of inventors who helped contributed technological and conceptual advancements that furthered telephone technology in

    • How to Block Incoming Calls

      How to Block Incoming Calls

      Blocking incoming calls can sometimes be quite important for many reasons. Someone may be troubling you over the phone, harassing you, giving blank calls and you just want to avoid a specific person. A simple way to do this is to block an incoming call of a specific person. That is, whenever that person calls

    • IntraLATA

      IntraLATA

      IntraLATA refers to any telephone call that is made between two separate local telephone companies that are close enough to not constitute a long-distance call. To fully understand IntraLATA and InterLATA systems, a user must understand that a LATA, or Local Access and Transport Area, is a local telephone company that is responsible for managing

    • How to Install Telephone Wires

      How to Install Telephone Wires

      Telephone wires are easy to work with and very safe due to the low voltages involved. The most complex part of installing telephone wires is complying with the defined standards. When installing additional telephone wires into an existing facility, it is usually best to determine which telephone wiring standard is currently in use and conform

    • Predictive Dialer Software

      Predictive Dialer Software

      Predictive dialer software is designed to automatically dial the correct number of telephone calls to match the pattern of available call center personnel. Without predictive dialing software, an outbound call center will have to wait between phone calls until another person answers the phone. This can be quite expensive in terms of lost productivity. With

    • Tumbling

      Tumbling

      Tumbling exploits a weakness in the AMPS/NAMPS roaming system. In tumbling, you first configure the SIDH in your mobile telephone to pretend to be from another cellular carrier. If you are in Colorado, for example, you would configure your mobile telephone as if it were subscribed to a cellular carrier in Texas. Next, you modify

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