te·​le·​pho·​ny | \ tə-ˈle-fə-nē also ˈte-lə-ˌfō- How to pronounce telephony (audio) \

Definition of telephony

: the use or operation of an apparatus (such as a telephone) for transmission of sounds as electrical signals between widely removed points

Examples of telephony in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Russia, a rash of Telegram account breaches has led some researchers to believe that hackers are gaining access through telephony network hacking. Wired, "Security News This Week: 15 Million Iranian Bank Accounts Were Breached," 14 Dec. 2019 This early version of internet telephony — the technology that came to be known as voice over IP — helped pave the way for the delivery of voice, and eventually video, across the internet. Katie Hafner, New York Times, "Danny Cohen, Who Helped Set the Stage for a Digital Era, Dies at 81," 16 Aug. 2019 Estonia—the birthplace of Skype, an internet-telephony app—has been a leader in digitising public services, such as filing taxes and voting. The Economist, "High internet use and state support help countries ditch cash," 1 Aug. 2019 But Caruana says that he was also drawn to speak at Defcon because elevators represent one of the last frontiers of phreaking in a world where the quirks of analog telephony have been largely replaced by digital equipment. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "Inside the Hidden World of Elevator Phone Phreaking," 9 Aug. 2019 Clutching a fist full of lighting bolts and wrapped in telephone cables, the representation of the deity of telephony is more than a century old and was first perched on top of AT&T's headquarters on Broadway in Manhattan. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "AT&T's new downtown Dallas campus will have a place for its historic statue," 22 July 2019 Wu notes that while Microsoft’s rise and fall was relatively quick, AT&T held onto its telephony monopoly for decades, and Facebook could persist as well. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "How the antitrust battles of the ‘90s set the stage for today’s tech giants," 6 Sep. 2018 In terms of sounding human, the restaurant demonstration was all being done with standard telephony gear and the ultra-crappy voice quality that comes with it. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Talking to Google Duplex: Google’s human-like phone AI feels revolutionary," 27 June 2018 Comcast’s decision to throttle P2P traffic was quite likely motivated by competitive fears—file-sharing was a threat to cable TV, and P2P voice services threatened traditional telephony revenue. David Meyer, Fortune, "Net Neutrality Is Officially Dead in the U.S.—Here's What Happens Next," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of telephony

1877, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jan 2020

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“Telephony.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of telephony

technical : the use of a telephone system to send and receive sounds over long distances

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