te·​le·​pho·​ny tə-ˈle-fə-nē How to pronounce telephony (audio)
 also  ˈte-lə-ˌfō-
: 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 Monitor the behavior of initial adopters to understand the implications on face-to-face, telephony and online channels. Dax Grant, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 Speaking of Google, the Android team is also working on building satellite APIs into Android's telephony stack. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 13 Nov. 2023 Full details of the 300+ page proposal are not yet available, but that presumably would allow prioritization of packets carrying time-sensitive signals such as voice telephony or interactive gaming data. IEEE Spectrum, 27 Feb. 2015 To date, only clients of Telefónica’s Movistar telephony service could access the offer. John Hopewell, Variety, 28 Sep. 2023 The rise of videochat also amplified the decline in telephony. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 28 Oct. 2022 To date, only clients of Telefónica telephony service Movistar could access the Movistar Plus+ TV service. John Hopewell, Variety, 21 July 2023 Over the last few decades, as large broadband cable companies such as Comcast and Charter expanded into mobile telephony, fortifying partnerships with telecom companies, the domain became far more complex, and that complexity will only exacerbate amidst rapidly evolving business models. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, 24 July 2023 In March, telephony company 3CX, maker of popular VoIP software used by more than 600,000 organizations in 190 countries, disclosed a breach of its build system. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 11 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of telephony was in 1877

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“Telephony.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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