Meaning of telecommunication in English:


Pronunciation /ˌtɛlɪkəmjuːnɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/


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

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


Early 20th century from French télécommunication, from télé- ‘at a distance’ + communication ‘communication’.