We’ve made our jargon buster for ourselves and our readers to break down all the techy terms we hear and see everywhere these days. A ‘nerdictionary’ if you will…

RLAH -“Roam-like-at-home”

MVNO –mobile virtual network operator

A wireless communications services provider that does not own the wireless network infrastructure over which the MVNO provides services to its customers.


Is an encryption protocol. It is the strongest protocol in the industry providing data confidentiality, authentication, integrity and replay protection.


The conversion of electronic data into another form (ciphertext), which cannot be easily understood by anyone except authorized parties.


“Wired Equivalent Privacy” & “Temporal Key Integrity Protocol” are both types of security protocol for Wi-Fi networks.

Cloud Technology/Computing

A type of Internet-based computing that provides shared computer processing resources and data to computers and other devices on demand. Cloud computing and storage solutions provide users and enterprises with various capabilities to store and process their data in either privately owned, or third-party data centers. that may be located far from the user–ranging in distance from across a city to across the world.


Is an abbreviation of the “4th generation”. It is the 4th generation of mobile telecommunication standards. The successor of 3G.


Is the reaction time of your connection–how fast you get a response after you’ve sent out a ‘request’. A fast ping means a more responsive connection, especially in apps where timing is everything. Ping is measured in milliseconds (ms).

Download Speed

Is how fast you can pull data from the server to you. Most connections are designed to download much faster than they upload, since the majority of online activity, like loading web pages or streaming videos, consists of downloads. Download speed is measured in megabits per second (Mbps).

Upload Speed

Is how fast you send data from you to others. Uploading is necessary for sending big files via email, or in using video-chat to talk to someone else online (since you have to send your video feed to them). Upload speed is measured in megabits per second (Mbps).


Kilobyte [KB] = 1024 bytes
Megabyte [MB] = 1024 KB
Gigabyte [GB] = 1024 MB

Sources; Wikipedia, Google, TechTarget, Ookla (Speed Test)