- a quiz on telecom -
One point per question; No negatives
Questions with a * will be used to
Two separate finals – one for college
teams and one for corporates
6 teams in each finals
Quiz Masters’ decision is final
They are small-bodied, thin men and women.
The head was made of Perspex with three
holes on the top of the head for breathing, no
eyes or mouth, and the body was a separate
outfit created with foam and fibre to create thin
legs and arms.
What is being described here?
The ZooZoos in the recent Vodafone
It is a brand used by Matsushita Electric to
sell home appliances, personal appliances,
and industrial appliances.
It was also the first name used by
Matsushita's electric firm to sell his battery-
powered bicycle lamps. He hoped that they
would be a product used by all of Japan,
hence the name___________.
Fill in the blank.
It has a one-way surface into which objects
can fall but nothing can come out of. It
possesses a temperature and radiation. It
can reveal its presence through interaction
with other matter. And the general
consensus is that, barring a breakdown in
our understanding of nature, it does exist.
What is this, and how would you relate this
to mobile technology?
Black Holes, places like
basements, lifts or closed
conference rooms in big buildings
where signals are weak and cell
phones do not operate.
“The razor-toothed piranhas of the
genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus
are the most ferocious freshwater fish
in the world. In reality, they seldom
attack a human.”
What is the significance of this piece of
The text that people attempting to
beat the world SMS speed record
need to type, without the aid of T9.
The current record is 43 seconds.
Its distinctive styling earned it the
nickname of quot;banana phone”. Three years
after its release, it featured in the public
eye with its appearance in ___ ______.
In reality, its sliding cover was not spring
loaded, but moved by hand; the spring
loading feature was added for the ___
______, and later incorporated into another
popular model (the first one with a WAP
“The Matrix” phone
The first WAP phone
was Nokia 7110
French engineer Pierre Azaria set up the
Compagnie Générale d'Electricité (CGE)
with the aim of taking on the likes of
AEG, Siemens and General Electric.
In 1966, an absorption was done by CGE
of the “Société Alsacienne de
Constructions Atomiques, de
Télécommunications et d'Electronique.”
How do we know this company today as?
You would dial +91 if you need to
reach India, +1 if you needed to call
someone in the US and +81 for
Japan and so on… Where is the
person you are trying to reach if you
dialed +871, +872 or +873?
On a ship!! 871, 872 and 873 are
the Marisat codes for the Atlantic
Ocean Region, Pacific Ocean
Region and Indian Ocean Region
Id the logo – the company supplies
solar panels for the Toyota Prius
among other thngs, and also
completed a recent acquisition of
Sanyo’s mobile division
In May 2008, Reliance Globalcom
announced the acquisition of which
UK based Global Managed Network
Services provider, adding over 220
MNCs to the Reliance Globalcom
customer base and expanding its
footprint to 163 countries?
It is the unique commercial façade of
almost all France Telecom services,
and shares its name with a series of
protests and political events that
took place in Ukraine from late
November 2004 to January 2005.
Close to a 100 patents
Winner of the Padma
Bhushan in 2009 for
contributions to science
Considered a pioneer in
handhelds. Invented the
Electronic Diary in 1975
Also an avid painter.
Developed in 1847 it was called the
wonder material of the age. The
formation of the _____ ______ Company
was a leap forward for submarine cables.
It was an excellent electrical insulator in
water, and was an inelastic substance
based on a special type of latex that had
been introduced from Singapore to
Today a financial services major, it
once also had a service called
CandyGram – a box of chocolates
with a telegram. Until it discontinued
the service, it was the best known
US company in the business of
exchanging telegrams. It introduced
the first stock ticker. Which
He contributed extensively to the
fields of electromagnetism, a key
to modern telephony. He is
probably the only scientist to have
two units named in his honor, one
of them for electrical charge.
Faraday is the unit of electrical
Farad is the unit of electrical
The Colonial Stadium in Melbourne
was the stage for the first ever
indoor one-day international
What is the alternate name for the
The “standard” SMS tone on Nokia
mobiles is Morse Code for “M”
(Message) and the “Special” tone is
actually Morse Code for “SMS”.
The “Ascending” SMS tone on Nokia
mobiles is Morse code for what?
It was founded in 1979 to ensure that
ships could stay in constant touch by
telephone. In 1999, it became the first
intergovernmental organization to
transform into a private company and, in
2005, was floated on the London Stock
X is a technology for mobile phones,
developed by Tegic Communications,
which was acquired by Nuance
Communications. It is used on
phones and it’s objective is to make
mobiles easier to use. Identify X.
The eldest brother discovered the
dynamo-electric principle helping the
trans-Atlantic and the Indo-European
telegraph lines. His brother seven years
younger pioneered submarine cables.
Another younger brother oversaw the
setting up of the Russian telegraph
network. Which family?
The birth of Global System for Mobiles (GSM)
started in 1979 with the allocation of the
frequency bands near 900 MHz, which were
designated for a future standard of cellular
This was followed by the creation of “G_____
S______ M______” which is an early acronym
for GSM, which lead to a standard some years
later and a commercial kick-off in 1993.