“Telecommunication: The transmission of signals over a distance for the purpose of communication. In modern times, this process almost always involves the use of electromagnetic waves by transmitters and receivers, but in earlier years it also involved the use of drums and visual signals such as smoke, fire, beacons, semaphore lines and other optical communications.” Wikipedia

The term telecommunications originated in the 1930s: from French télécommunication, from télé- ‘at a distance’ + communication ‘communication’. The tele-, ‘at a distance’ came about through voice or personal, person to person communications and the technologies that initiated that.

Communications started out with telephony and also some things around the edge of it like paging.

Telecommunications is fundamentally about people communicating.

Moving through the years

Moving many centuries forward computers began to communicate, but that was called data communications; data comms. Telecommunications and data communications were two separate domains.

If you go back 40 years, around the time Midland Comms originated, telecommunications at that time was how businesses and their users connected their premise systems to a standardised, governmental run network.

Starting in the late eighties, you had the deregulation of telephony. It happened all over the world at different speeds and resulted in new competitive carriers being introduced to businesses.

Telecommunications today

When we talk about the word telecommunications now, although it originated from that time when voice telephony and data communications were two different things, nowadays, telecommunications and data communications have united opening up the world of communications. They’ve become more flexible, agile, efficient, improve operational effectiveness and enhance their users’ experience…but that’s another blog.

Communications in today’s world enables you to not only communicate by speaking, but it’s opened up a whole array of ways to communicate with your customers, your colleagues and employees.  Becoming increasingly popular, Unified Communications for example, is the blending of interaction types; whereby initial contact was made by Voice, the response may be via email, SMS, etc.


In today’s world the telephone, long-distance, cable/video, cellular, and telecommunications equipment industries are increasingly intertwined. Major challenges of this industry are globalisation trends, competitive implications of new technologies, and the changing regulatory environment.

We can help

With so much jargon, technical terms and consumer choice if can sometimes be hard for businesses to know where to start. They know they need to communicate effectively and cost efficiently, but how; what are the options; who can help?

We sell a promise; of experience, of knowledge and of care in the delivery of needs based communication solutions.

Your communication is our business.

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