Telecommunications equipment

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Telecommunications equipment (also telecoms equipment or communications equipment) is a hardware which is used for the purposes of telecommunications. Since the 1990s the boundary between telecoms equipment and IT hardware has become blurred as a result of the growth of the internet and its increasing role in the transfer of telecoms data. [1] [2]

Telecommunication Transmission of information between locations using electromagnetics

Telecommunication is the transmission of signs, signals, messages, words, writings, images and sounds or information of any nature by wire, radio, optical or other electromagnetic systems. Telecommunication occurs when the exchange of information between communication participants includes the use of technology. It is transmitted through a transmission media, such as over physical media, for example, over electrical cable, or via electromagnetic radiation through space such as radio or light. Such transmission paths are often divided into communication channels which afford the advantages of multiplexing. Since the Latin term communicatio is considered the social process of information exchange, the term telecommunications is often used in its plural form because it involves many different technologies.

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Types

Telecommunications equipment can be broadly broken down into the following categories: [3]

Analogue switch electronic component that behaves in a similar way to a relay, but has no moving parts

The analogueswitch, also called the bilateral switch, is an electronic component that behaves in a similar way to a relay, but has no moving parts. The switching element is normally a pair of MOSFET transistors, one an N-channel device, the other a P-channel device. The device can conduct analog or digital signals in either direction when on and isolates the switched terminals when off. Analogue switches are usually manufactured as integrated circuits in packages containing multiple switches. These include the 4016 and 4066 from the 4000 series.

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), also called IP telephony, is a method and group of technologies for the delivery of voice communications and multimedia sessions over Internet Protocol (IP) networks, such as the Internet. The terms Internet telephony, broadband telephony, and broadband phone service specifically refer to the provisioning of communications services over the public Internet, rather than via the public switched telephone network (PSTN), also known as plain old telephone service (POTS).

Transmission line specialized cable or other structure designed to carry alternating current of radio frequency

In radio-frequency engineering, a transmission line is a specialized cable or other structure designed to conduct alternating current of radio frequency, that is, currents with a frequency high enough that their wave nature must be taken into account. Transmission lines are used for purposes such as connecting radio transmitters and receivers with their antennas, distributing cable television signals, trunklines routing calls between telephone switching centres, computer network connections and high speed computer data buses.

Semiconductors

Most of the essential elements of modern telecommunication are built from MOSFETs (metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors), including mobile devices, transceivers, base station modules, routers, RF power amplifiers, [4] microprocessors, memory chips, and telecommunication circuits. [5] As of 2005, telecommunications equipment account for 16.5% of the annual microprocessor market. [6]

Vendors

The world's largest telecommunications equipment vendors by revenues in 2017 are: [7]

Largest vendors by 2017 revenue (billion US dollars)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Huawei $92.55
Flag of the United States.svg Cisco Systems $48.00
Flag of Japan.svg Fujitsu $38.57
Flag of Finland.svg Nokia $27.73
Flag of Sweden.svg Ericsson $24.16
Flag of Japan.svg NEC Corporation $23.95
Flag of the United States.svg Qualcomm $22.29
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg ZTE $16.71
Flag of the United States.svg Corning $10.12
Flag of the United States.svg Motorola Solutions $6.38
Flag of the United States.svg Juniper Networks $5.03
Flag of the United States.svg Ciena $2.80
Largest by country (2017)
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China$109.26
Flag of the United States.svg United States$94.62
Flag of Japan.svg Japan$62.52
Flag of Finland.svg Finland$27.73
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden$24.16

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Wireless kind of telecommunication that does not require the use of physical wires; the transfer of information or power between two or more points that are not connected by an electrical conductor

Wireless communication is the transfer of information or power between two or more points that are not connected by an electrical conductor. The most common wireless technologies use radio waves. With radio waves distances can be short, such as a few meters for Bluetooth or as far as millions of kilometers for deep-space radio communications. It encompasses various types of fixed, mobile, and portable applications, including two-way radios, cellular telephones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and wireless networking. Other examples of applications of radio wireless technology include GPS units, garage door openers, wireless computer mouse, keyboards and headsets, headphones, radio receivers, satellite television, broadcast television and cordless telephones. Somewhat less common methods of achieving wireless communications include the use of other electromagnetic wireless technologies, such as light, magnetic, or electric fields or the use of sound.

Cellular network communication network where the last link is wireless

A cellular network or mobile network is a communication network where the last link is wireless. The network is distributed over land areas called "cells", each served by at least one fixed-location transceiver, but more normally, three cell sites or base transceiver stations. These base stations provide the cell with the network coverage which can be used for transmission of voice, data, and other types of content. A cell typically uses a different set of frequencies from neighbouring cells, to avoid interference and provide guaranteed service quality within each cell.

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to telecommunication:

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