What Is Communications Technology?
Broadly speaking, the term ‘communications technology’ can refer to any technology that allows its users to communicate with one another. Using this (admittedly loose) definition, two-way radios and mobile phones fall into the category of ‘communications technology’.
The term also refers to computers and computer-related work. Here in the UK, schoolchildren study a subject called ‘ICT’ this stands for ‘Information and Technology’ (although when this rapidly ageing writer was at school, it was known simply as ‘IT’ or, ‘Information Technology’).
As the Internet has become a more and more common part of our society, communications over longer distances have become considerably easier. In fact, these types of communications are easier now than at any other time in Human history. Ergo, it stands to reason that computers should be considered as a chief form of communications technology.
Basic, everyday acts such as checking your emails, updating your Facebook or Twitter satisfy, answering the phone, or taking Skype calls are all a part of ‘communications technology’ as are the two-way radios used by public transport, security firms and the emergency sets.
A person who makes a living by working with ‘comms tech’ is likely involved in the designing, creating, implementing or maintaining of communicational systems. Such systems can include radio networks, mobile phone providers, telephone companies, already television. It is a general and ever-expanding field, which makes it difficult to ascertain exactly what a person truly does if they list it as their job title.
When somebody tells you that they are a plumber, for example, you get a general idea of what they do for a living all day. If I tell you that I am a specialized copywriter, you at the minimum have some concept as to what that entails. A person who works in the field of ‘comm tech’ could be doing almost anything.
In case you’re wondering, the Internet itself can be considered as a communication technology, given that any person who uploads videos or writes blogs is communicating the very second that those blogs are read or those videos are watched.
Telecom’s is a huge field and, as I think you’ll agree, a pretty important one. Without the ability to communicate with others, either via short distances on your mobile or much longer distances (such as the distance between our office in the UK and your home on the African continent), this world would be a greatly different place.