Definition of telecommunication in English:



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

    • ‘Demand for telecommunication surges in the world's fastest growing economy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The network operated through telecommunication channels like telephone and Internet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said modern telecommunication infrastructure was costly, but the resulting efficiency in communication enhances business effectiveness’
    • ‘This filter became of paramount importance in the production of dense wavelength division multiplexing filters for telecommunication applications.’
    • ‘The bandwidth of existing telecommunication networks is determined, in part, by the spots in the spectrum where attenuation in the fiber peaks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Broadband refers to telecommunication in which a wide band of frequencies are available to transmit information.’
    • ‘In this day and age of advanced telecommunication facilities a source of a telephone call is very easy to detect.’
    • ‘This is a wireless phone that will use the best telecommunication technology available.’
    • ‘This brings real-world practicality to telecommunication and network applications.’
    • ‘In place of crystal balls they have given us ‘Internet-enabled computing’, video conferencing and mobile telecommunication.’
    • ‘Fixed line telecommunication has proved problematic for all telecom companies with a lot of migration to mobile telephones.’
    • ‘And I also think the telephone and telecommunication companies want it as well.’
    • ‘The more users there are within a community, the more cost effective broadband investment becomes for telecommunication companies.’
    • ‘Cameras, telecommunication products, and DVD players are responsible for most of the increase.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    1. 1.1telecommunicationstreated as singular The branch of technology concerned with telecommunication.
      • ‘Trade between them is dominated by information technology and telecommunications equipment.’
      • ‘Transportation, telecommunications and electricity are all getting dearer and dearer.’
      • ‘The tremendous advances in telecommunications technology are responsible for this dramatic change.’
      • ‘There are fewer growth funds, which tended to own a lot of technology and telecommunications.’
      • ‘The technology and telecommunications sectors have been particularly badly affected.’
      • ‘I will campaign for upgraded electricity and fibre-optic telecommunications networks.’
      • ‘I studied computational physics at university rather than engineering or telecommunications.’
      • ‘Now telecommunications technocrats abound, bringing their own interests and skills to the forum.’
      • ‘Even so, he has some concerns about Ireland's telecommunications deficit.’
      • ‘Computer technology will always be the anchor for the telecommunications industry.’
      • ‘These house the heating, ventilation, electrics, telecommunications and plumbing.’
      • ‘He holds master's degrees in telecommunications systems and computer science.’
      • ‘Almost every listed company in the technology, media, or telecommunications sector enjoyed a rapid increase in value.’
      • ‘For technology is moving ahead, and demand for telecommunications is growing.’
      • ‘Furniture and telecommunications equipment had been purchased using the funding.’
      • ‘The telecommunications mast uses new technology to be adopted in a scanner-proof police radio system across Scotland.’
      • ‘Telemedicine can be defined as the use of telecommunications technologies to provide medical information and services.’
      • ‘He administered and oversaw the telecommunications and information technology systems for the company.’
      • ‘Quantum leaps are also happening to telecommunications, medicine and even in the world of entertainment to name but three.’
      • ‘With the telecommunications revolution, telephone and fax became more accessible to people.’
    2. 1.2formal A message sent by 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’.