time-division multiple access

time-division multiple access

[¦tīm də‚vizh·ən ‚məl·tə·pəl ′ak‚ses]
(communications)
A technique that allows multiple users who are geographically dispersed to gain access to a communications channel, by permitting each user access to the full pass-band of the channel for a limited time, after which the access right is assigned to another user. Abbreviated TDMA.
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The specification includes two technologies that achieve that goal: an advanced form of time-division multiple access, and synchronous code-division multiple access.
AT&T's network is based on time-division multiple access (TDMA) technology, while Sprint's network runs on code-division multiple access (CDMA) technology," says Mr.

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