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

Definition of telecom

2 : the telecommunications industry A lot of smart and experienced people lost money investing in telecomThe Wall Street Journal often used before another noun telecom companies/servicesthe telecom industryBut questions remain about how the telecom giant will shift its strategy and whether it will be able to do it fast enough to catch up with tech giants …— Melissa Repko

Examples of telecom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The telecom company will receive $7.8 billion in cash, including $1.8 billion from TPG and and $5.8 billion from the new DirecTV firm, which is borrowing that sum. Tali Arbel, USA TODAY, "AT&T spinning off DirecTV after losing millions of customers, subscribers can expect 'few to no changes'," 26 Feb. 2021 The Hawaiian telecom company filed for bankruptcy in 2008. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "‘This is a declining business’: The new DirecTV faces the same challenges as the old one," 26 Feb. 2021 The telecom company also agreed to cover up to $2.5 billion in losses tied to DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket package. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "AT&T Carves Out Pay-TV Business in Deal With TPG," 25 Feb. 2021 Bharti Airtel, the Indian telecom company, will acquire a 20% stake in its direct-to-home television arm from Warburg Pincus for 31.3 billion rupees ($429.3 million). Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "67% of you made more in 2020 than in 2019," 18 Feb. 2021 Senator Ted Cruz formally placed a hold Thursday on the Senate voting on the nomination of Gina Raimondo for Commerce secretary, saying the Rhode Island governor has not adequately clarified her position on Huawei, the Chinese telecom company. Globe Staff,, "Cruz blocks Senate vote on Raimondo for Commerce Secretary over concerns about Huawei," 4 Feb. 2021 One of Huawei's biggest foreign competitors was Nortel, the dominant North American telecom company based in Canada. Steven Levy, Wired, "Huawei, 5G, and the Man Who Conquered Noise," 16 Nov. 2020 After years of telecom companies promising new superfast 5G wireless networks, 5G will actually be here in 2021. Mae Anderson, ajc, "5 CES Trends to Watch," 12 Jan. 2021 Marcus Sachs, who researches cyber and infrastructure security at Auburn University, experienced the telecom outage at his home in northern Alabama. Dan Frosch, WSJ, "Investigators Identify Person of Interest in Nashville Explosion," 26 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of telecom

1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Telecom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of telecom

somewhat technical
: a telecommunications company
: the telecommunications industry

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