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

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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 Looking back in time, USAA has been a pioneer in technology use cases such as document imaging; 800 services; video telephony; mobile/remote deposits; and mobile biometric authentication. Jessica Levy, azcentral, "USAA seeks to hire more IT experts to help deliver top-tier digital services," 14 May 2018 Almost inadvertently, the spread of mobile telephony and mobile-internet services has brought hundreds of millions of people into the formal financial system. The Economist, "Financial inclusion is making great strides," 3 May 2018 Rakuten’s move into mobile telephony fits into this picture. The Economist, "Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten struggles to retake the lead from Amazon," 12 Apr. 2018 The biggest consumer hits in India have been goods and services that offer stonking value: scooters and mobile telephony have grown fast, but only after prices tumbled. The Economist, "India’s missing middleIndia has a hole where its middle class should be," 13 Jan. 2018 In the era when communications meant telephony, every call went through, and your phone company could not cut off your call or edit the content of your conversations. Verne Kopytoff, Fortune, "Democratic FCC Commissioners Railed Against Net Neutrality Repeal. Read Their Statements," 14 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of telephony

1877, in the meaning defined above

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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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