Definition of telecommunication in English:



mass noun
  • 1Communication over a distance by cable, telegraph, telephone, or broadcasting.

    ‘digital telecommunication has much to recommend it’
    as modifier ‘telecommunication equipment’
    • ‘In place of crystal balls they have given us ‘Internet-enabled computing’, video conferencing and mobile telecommunication.’
    • ‘The more users there are within a community, the more cost effective broadband investment becomes for telecommunication companies.’
    • ‘The network operated through telecommunication channels like telephone and Internet.’
    • ‘In this day and age of advanced telecommunication facilities a source of a telephone call is very easy to detect.’
    • ‘Fixed line telecommunication has proved problematic for all telecom companies with a lot of migration to mobile telephones.’
    • ‘More recently, largely due to the sharp rise in cellular mobile telephone subscribers and paging users, a number of new telecommunication retailer branches have opened.’
    • ‘Broadband refers to telecommunication in which a wide band of frequencies are available to transmit information.’
    • ‘It was started 140 years ago by countries across the world to standardise the telegram and has been at the forefront of every international telecommunication effort since.’
    • ‘Your hotel will need to have high-speed internet access, will need to have good telecommunication equipment in general.’
    • ‘Add in energetic radiowaves used in telecommunication, and we have a recipe for disaster.’
    • ‘Cameras, telecommunication products, and DVD players are responsible for most of the increase.’
    • ‘The bandwidth of existing telecommunication networks is determined, in part, by the spots in the spectrum where attenuation in the fiber peaks.’
    • ‘And I also think the telephone and telecommunication companies want it as well.’
    • ‘Demand for telecommunication surges in the world's fastest growing economy.’
    • ‘This is a wireless phone that will use the best telecommunication technology available.’
    • ‘This brings real-world practicality to telecommunication and network applications.’
    • ‘This filter became of paramount importance in the production of dense wavelength division multiplexing filters for telecommunication applications.’
    • ‘He said modern telecommunication infrastructure was costly, but the resulting efficiency in communication enhances business effectiveness’
    • ‘However, there are no buildings of a suitable height or design available to accommodate telecommunication equipment in the area, or masts capable of being shared.’
    • ‘It was the view of the committee that, in these instances, the incidents had likely involved the fouling of submarine telecommunication cables or associated debris.’
    1. 1.1telecommunicationstreated as singular The branch of technology concerned with telecommunication.
      ‘the field of telecommunications’
      as modifier ‘the telecommunications market’
      • ‘The telecommunications mast uses new technology to be adopted in a scanner-proof police radio system across Scotland.’
      • ‘He holds master's degrees in telecommunications systems and computer science.’
      • ‘I studied computational physics at university rather than engineering or telecommunications.’
      • ‘There are fewer growth funds, which tended to own a lot of technology and telecommunications.’
      • ‘Telemedicine can be defined as the use of telecommunications technologies to provide medical information and services.’
      • ‘Computer technology will always be the anchor for the telecommunications industry.’
      • ‘These house the heating, ventilation, electrics, telecommunications and plumbing.’
      • ‘With the telecommunications revolution, telephone and fax became more accessible to people.’
      • ‘Quantum leaps are also happening to telecommunications, medicine and even in the world of entertainment to name but three.’
      • ‘Transportation, telecommunications and electricity are all getting dearer and dearer.’
      • ‘Almost every listed company in the technology, media, or telecommunications sector enjoyed a rapid increase in value.’
      • ‘Even so, he has some concerns about Ireland's telecommunications deficit.’
      • ‘For technology is moving ahead, and demand for telecommunications is growing.’
      • ‘I will campaign for upgraded electricity and fibre-optic telecommunications networks.’
      • ‘He administered and oversaw the telecommunications and information technology systems for the company.’
      • ‘Now telecommunications technocrats abound, bringing their own interests and skills to the forum.’
      • ‘The tremendous advances in telecommunications technology are responsible for this dramatic change.’
      • ‘The technology and telecommunications sectors have been particularly badly affected.’
      • ‘Trade between them is dominated by information technology and telecommunications equipment.’
      • ‘Furniture and telecommunications equipment had been purchased using the funding.’
    2. 1.2formal count noun A message sent by telecommunication.
      ‘it is an offence for a person intentionally to intercept a telecommunication’
      • ‘If the relevant agency has lawful authority to intercept a telecommunication, technological barriers should not prevent them from doing so.’
      • ‘These days, most telecommunications are sent automatically from one telephone exchange or computer to another.’
      • ‘One embodiment of the invention may be viewed as a telecommunications service for allowing a user to send a telecommunication comprising textual, graphic and/or audio material to be delivered to a recipient in e-mail form.’


1930s: from French télécommunication, from télé- ‘at a distance’ + communication ‘communication’.