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Cellular network

(also mobile network)

Cellular network definition

A cellular network, frequently referred to as a mobile network, is a type of communication system that enables wireless communication between mobile devices. The final stage of connectivity is achieved by segmenting the comprehensive service area into several compact zones, each called a cell. A stationary transceiver, known as a cell site or base station, provides service in each cell. The cell site links to the primary network infrastructure, employing either a wireless or wired connection.

See also: mobile network operator, IoT middleware, internet of medical things

Cellular network examples

  • Smartphone communications: Cellular networks are fundamental to the operation of mobile phones for voice calls, text messaging, and internet connectivity.
  • IoT devices: Internet of Things devices often use cellular networks for remote monitoring and control.

Advantages and disadvantages of Touch ID


  • Universal coverage: Cellular networks cover a vast geographical area, reaching even remote locations.
  • Mobility: They provide seamless service during transit, allowing mobile devices to move through different cells without losing connection.


  • Bandwidth limitation: Cellular networks can struggle to provide reliable service in densely populated areas or during peak usage times.
  • Dependence on infrastructure: Cellular service can be disrupted due to damage to physical infrastructure, such as cell towers.

Using cellular networks

  • Ensure you are using a secure connection when transmitting sensitive data over a cellular network. A VPN can help with this.
  • Be aware of your data usage, as many cellular service providers implement data caps.