tel·e·com | \ˈte-li-ˌkäm \

Definition of telecom 

2 : the telecommunications industry

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The telecom giant added $5 to the price of DirecTV Now's cheapest online channel bundle, which now costs $40 — about the same as everyone else's — while removing HBO from one of its packages. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "Internet TV packages are getting pricier — including AT&T's," 3 July 2018 These locations are significant in that they route traffic not just from AT&T customers but from other internet backbone providers who have so-called peering agreements with the telecom giant. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Security News This Week: Mapping the NSA's Secret Spy Hubs," 30 June 2018 AppNexus gives the telecom giant control over one of the world’s largest Internet advertising exchanges, which marketers use to buy ad space from online publishers., "FDA approves first prescription drug made from marijuana," 26 June 2018 The Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act, 85 yeas to 10 nays (NDAA) Monday, and in the legislation included language that would ban Chinese telecom giant ZTE from conducting business in the United States. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "If only we had a Congress," 19 June 2018 Among the potential buyers in the consolidating media landscape, shares of Charter Communications, the second-largest cable company, were unchanged, as were shares of telecom giant Verizon. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Who Wall Street Sees as Winners and Losers in the AT&T-Time Warner Verdict," 12 June 2018 One of the big questions surrounding AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner has been about how the telecom giant will handle its new flagship entertainment brands. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "AT&T plans to expand HBO, but could destroy it in the process," 11 July 2018 The big telecom firms are irked at being saddled with a regulation that doesn’t apply to their main broadband competitors, cable firms. Michael Hiltzik,, "Sonic is a small ISP that competes brilliantly with the big guys — so they're trying to throttle its business," 5 July 2018 The researchers found evidence of intrusions at some southeast Asian telecom firms, a US geospatial imagery company, a couple of private satellite companies including one from the US, and a US defense contractor. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "China Escalates Hacks Against the US as Trade Tensions Rise," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of telecom

1948, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of telecom was in 1948

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English Language Learners Definition of telecom

: a telecommunications company

: the telecommunications industry

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