What Makes CDMA a Better Choice?

Mobile telephony systems are so famous these days that, even a kid of 10 years old carries a mobile telephone to his school.I actually want to talk about the two famous mobile telecommunication technologies, GSM and CDMA. Before talking about these things let me give you a brief description how communication is sustained  using mobile telephony. Let me take that case that there are two people A and B.  Let us assume that A dials a number , the number is that of  B.  There are specific rules by which these numbers are defined. For example:  I n a phone number +91 identifies that you are calling India and +001 is that you are calling America. There are actually two schemes by which a number is defined National numbering scheme and international number scheme. Taking the case of India , 040 defines that you are calling Hyderabad, 004 defines that you are calling Chennai. The other digits show identification number specific to a locality. We divide every area into cells. Each cells define the area of coverage  by a particular antenna. We assume that the cells are in hexagonal shape.When A calls B , the signal is received by the antennae, this signal is given to the switching office. The switching office drives the signal to B. thus communication is successful. There are cases of call drops, noise interference .

CDMA : what  is it ?

Now that we know how a call is processed. Let us talk about CDMA . CDMA is code division multiple access. In case of CDMA a code is sent along with the signal for security and other reasons. Let us move along with same example, let us consider C and D are also communicating.When A and B are speaking , C and D are also speaking. Both the signals are in the same frequency band. The code exasperates signals of A and B to that of C and D. The call quality is also very high when compared to GSM. The chance of dropped calls and noise is very less. The signal bearing the code is taken and others signals are rejected as they are considered as noise.Dropped calls can be said as calls that are rejected because of busy traffic . You get a ” Network busy” response . So, here we can conclude to points about CDMA those are

1.) we can use same frequency for many signals. Efficient utilization of frequency spectrum

2.) The security is more. Anyone can not tap into, hear your call ,as the code is not fixed it is Random.

3.) High call quality.

4.) Chance of dropped calls is almost negligible


GSM is like a direct contact from A to B, the switching office just assigns a frequency . The frequency used is different. We know we have different frequency bands allocated to mobile communication, a frequency is assigned from the band of frequencies that are available. It is not hard to tap into and listen to the conversations in case of GSM.GSM allows change of SIM(subscriber identity module), the user can change as many numbers he want. This feature is not present in CDMA.

Coming to the part of circuit and cost, CDMA has a complex circuit when compared to GSM. As complexity is more the power consumption is also more. To everyone`s surprise GSM mobile phones are costly when compared to that of CDMA. GSM`s feature of changing the SIM makes it more costly. CDMA users need to configure and use the same headsets for ever and ever. In laymen terms CDMA is like a telephone at home once you get the phone number you can not change it . CDMA is better in some cases but it has some drawbacks.

Advantages of CDMA:

1) Better security.

2) Better call quality

3) Better use of frequency spectrum.

4) Dropped calls are negligible.

Disadvantages of CDMA:

1) Complex circuit.

2) More power usage.

3) No chance of changing the SIM.

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