The term telecommunications in recent years has been used so frequently and been applied in so many different situations, that it is now part of our daily language. However, its definition is still elusive. Let’s begin by providing a definition. The roots of the word telecommunications come from ‘tele’ in Greek, which translates as “over a distance,” while ‘communicate’ translates as “ability to share.” Therefore, what telecommunications means is “sharing information over distance.”
Telecommunications goes beyond being a destroyer and creator of the economy, more than being a twenty-first-century law and business being created in order to accommodate the virtual world, more than being a massive global industry (estimated at US $2.5 trillion), and beyond being just a series of technologies. Business telecom services are everywhere in life. It affects where and how we do everything – protect, heal, rest, teach, study, serve, entertain, socialise, play, work, and live. Telecommunications has played a key role in shaping culture and society, in addition to shaping economics and business.
A brief look at the way lifestyles and industries are being affected by emerging technologies highlights why it is so important to understand telecommunications principles, and hopefully, inspire people to “think telecom.” These changes we are discussing here ultimately are very important in terms of how telecommunications networks will end up evolving and where the areas of growth will be.
Human Senses Incorporated into Telecommunications
A virtual world has been allowed to emerge thanks to telecommunications – one in which distance and time to not represent a barrier for communicating or doing business any longer. However, we still lack a critical component of human information-processing. Over the course of processing information, the human mind takes action on physical sensations. The senses of motion, touch, sound, and sight are key to our …