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Radio and TV[edit]

Radio and TV are not telecommunication as signals only pass one way. These are broadcast systems. Your defn specifies exchange of info.

The word telecommunication was adapted from the French word télécommunication. It is a compound of the Greek prefix tele- (τηλε-), meaning 'far off', and communication, meaning 'exchange of information'.[2]

my bolding --Light current 15:28, 3 August 2006 (UTC)

The definition you highlighted was that of communication. If your argument was accepted this would make your term "broadcast communication" an oxymoron. I would suggest broadcast communication is a subset of telecommunications as implied in the article. Both broadcast and point-to-point communication are based on similar technical foundations. Cedars 00:29, 4 August 2006 (UTC)

I meant broadcast systems. --Light current 00:53, 4 August 2006 (UTC)

Look changing what you have written to substantiate some argument you are attempting to make is not going to work. The discussion of broadcast communication fits within the telecommunication article. Can you not think of any other suggestions on how to improve the article? Cedars 00:58, 4 August 2006 (UTC)

"Broadcast communication" an oxymoron--Light current 01:01, 4 August 2006 (UTC)

Broadcast communication is widely used (see Haykin). There is no need to remove this content. Cedars 01:10, 4 August 2006 (UTC)

Could you give more info on Haykin?--Light current 03:28, 4 August 2006 (UTC)

Haykin, Simon (2001). Communication Systems (4th edition ed.). John Wiley & Sons. pp. pp 1—3. ISBN 0-471-17869-1. 

Sorry, does anyone think the description of television is first scientific (technology description), and then reads like someone trying to sell you a television. The second description is borderline calling it magical. The statement can also be true for radio, or the internet. Let's just stick with the facts. It's a technology. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:01, 21 January 2014 (UTC)

So sorry, but this part needs to be removed: "Television, however, is not solely a technology, limited to its basic and practical application. It functions both as an appliance, and also as a means for social story telling and message dissemination. It is a cultural tool that provides a communal experience of receiving information and experiencing fantasy. It acts as a “window to the world” by bridging audiences from all over through programming of stories, triumphs, and tragedies that are outside of personal experiences.[28]"

This not only applies to radio and other means of technology, but it horribly unscientific. It sounds almost metaphysical and is clearly an opinion. I asked for this to be removed before, but it was denied. How can anyone read this and it not come off like it's coming from a television salesman? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:34, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

Is Raisting used for telecommunications[edit]

This article is headlined with a picture of a dish from the Raisting Satellite Earth Station. But is this station really used for telecommunications, or is it used for communication with interplanetary space probes? Although that would fit a literal meaning of tele- (far-) communication, it's really not what is normally meant by the word, and it's not what this article is about. I would think that real telecommunication dishes would always be fixed, not gimballed like the Raisting dish. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:42, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

Is there such a thing as "pre-modern" telecommunication[edit]

I changed some of the material in the introduction to avoid saying that smoke signals, semaphores, etc., are "telecommunications." The word wasn't even used in English prior to 1923 (if Google Ngrams can be trusted). Also, the definition of telecommunication says:

communication over a distance by cable, telegraph, telephone, or broadcasting.
(telecommunications) [ treated as sing. ] the branch of technology concerned with telecommunication.
formal a message sent by telecommunication.

So it seems to specifically exclude that type of communication.

I tried to do it in a minimalist way, though, saying that these are earlier methods of communication at a distance. Even so, not sure they belong. Ngriffeth (talk) 19:07, 11 June 2014 (UTC)


"Telecommunication is communication at a distance by technological means" -- no, Telecommunication is communication at a distance, period -- whatever connotations may usually (and not necessarily) accompany it. Wyresider (talk) 23:58, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Telecom — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ekumoha (talkcontribs) 21:17, 22 September 2016 (UTC)