tele·​com·​mu·​ni·​ca·​tion | \ˌte-li-kə-ˌmyü-nə-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of telecommunication 

1 : communication at a distance (as by telephone)

2 : technology that deals with telecommunication usually used in plural

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Alexander Koerner/Getty Images The arrest of a top executive from Chinese telecommunications company Huawei has added a new layer of tension to the United States’ relations with China. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The arrest of Huawei’s Sabrina Meng is a “warning shot” in US-China relations.," 6 Dec. 2018 The elevation was widely seen within Huawei as putting her in position to one day run one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, people familiar with the matter said. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "Meng Wanzhou, Huawei CFO and Founder’s Daughter, Has Been Face of Secretive Company," 6 Dec. 2018 The court said Aboutrika failed to pay 710,000 Egyptian pounds — about $39,500 — in taxes on income from advertising deals with carbonated drink and telecommunications companies in 2008 and 2009. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "Egypt’s retired soccer star sentenced to 1 year in prison," 13 Nov. 2018 Nielsen spoke at a cybersecurity summit hosted by government officials that brought CEOs of credit card companies, telecommunications industries and utilities together with the heads of the NSA, FBI and Department of Energy. Colleen Long, The Seattle Times, "New Homeland Security center to guard against cyberattacks," 31 July 2018 Opponents of the bill have argued that the bill would create conflicting state-by-state regulations for the telecommunications industry. Melody Gutierrez,, "Wiener, Santiago reach deal on California net neutrality bill," 5 July 2018 Santiago has received nearly $38,000 in campaign contributions from the telecommunications industry over the last election cycle; AT&T has contributed more than $20,000 to his campaigns since 2014. Michael Hiltzik,, "Internet providers' big money leaves a California net neutrality bill 'eviscerated'," 21 June 2018 As one of the telecommunications industry’s most vocal and aggressive lobbyists, he’s spent a lot of time railing against things like net neutrality and internet privacy rules. T.c. Sottek, The Verge, "One of net neutrality’s biggest enemies ‘retires’ from AT&T amid Michael Cohen scandal," 11 May 2018 The telecommunication industry, meanwhile, is highly concentrated—many areas only have one internet service provider—meaning that companies are not competing for customers in ways that push them to expand their networks. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "A Public Option for the Internet," 8 May 2018

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1932, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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