fixed telephone network vs wireless telephone network

This page describes difference between fixed telephone network and wireless telephone network.

Fixed Telephone Network Wireless Telephone Network
The transmitter and receiver is fixed at one place. Information is carried over cables(fiber optic/copper) and fixed links(microwave/satellite) transmitter and receiver communicate via EM radio waves. They are not always fixed at one place but can move also.
Network configurations are virtually static and need programming at Local exchange when subscriber changes its location from one area to the other area. Network configurations are dynamic and will obtain subscriber information when it moves from one location area or routing area to the other areas.
Takes time for changing the fixed telephone services. It does not take time and can be done in small interval of time.
A telephone Central office takes care of millions of landline telephone connections. MSCs take care of cellular telephone connections based on air traffic capacity.
Less overhead data needed. More overhead data needed as geographical location keeps changing.
No harse channel conditions usually observed with this type of network. Very harse and random channel conditions can also be observed with this type of network. The system is designed to take care of this channel conditions.


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