tel·​e·​com | \ ˈte-li-ˌkäm How to pronounce telecom (audio) \

Definition of telecom

2 : the telecommunications industry

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The telecom industry lobby group that represents AT&T and Verizon has consistently claimed that net neutrality rules hurt broadband investment. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "AT&T/Verizon lobby misunderstands arrow of time, makes impossible claim," 6 Dec. 2018 In its guidance for the rollout of ultrafast fifth-generation, or 5G, telecom systems across the European Union in coming years, the Commission urged member states to assess cyber threats to the 5G infrastructure in their national markets. Kelvin Chan, The Seattle Times, "EU ignores US calls to ban Huawei in 5G security blueprint," 26 Mar. 2019 The funding helps pay for the Lifeline program that helps poor people obtain telecom services, including text messaging, the CPUC said. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC forces California to drop plan for government fees on text messages," 17 Dec. 2018 The settlement marks the end of an investigation by U.S. authorities into alleged corruption in the Uzbekistan operations of three European telecom companies that lasted at least five years. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Former Uzbek Official, Telecom Executive Charged in Bribery Scheme," 7 Mar. 2019 Advertising Huawei is the world’s biggest maker of telecom infrastructure equipment such as radio base stations and network switches. Kelvin Chan, The Seattle Times, "EU ignores US calls to ban Huawei in 5G security blueprint," 26 Mar. 2019 Such an order would primarily impact Huawei and ZTE — both Chinese companies, and two of the largest manufacturers of telecom equipment — and have a significant impact on the ongoing rollout of 5G network infrastructure. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "New Trump order may officially ban Huawei and ZTE from 5G rollout, per report," 27 Dec. 2018 Australian politicians and news outlets have been debating whether to purchase equipment from Huawei, the Chinese telecom-equipment maker, to build out its next-generation cellular network, following American concerns about Huawei’s ties to Beijing. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "China Frees Australian Executive at Center of Diplomatic Dispute," 4 July 2018 Mentech, the telecom equipment supplier, once had hundreds of workers winding, packaging, and testing magnetic wires that were thinner than hair, all by hand. Li Yuan,, "Why the Made in China 2025 modernization drive is on track to succeed, despite Trump," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of telecom

1948, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of telecom

somewhat technical
: a telecommunications company
: the telecommunications industry

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