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communications satelliteFrom Alexander Graham Bell's new-fangled telephone - to the rise of GPS and and other 'space age' technologies - the telecommunications industry has exploded in the 21st century with increased demand for instant connections.

Today, telecommunications is a major economic driver that consumers and businesses cannot imagine the world living without.

For consumers, it allows immediate access to everything from long distance calling and instant messaging to consumer navigational aids. Meanwhile, video conferencing and telecommuting are only two of the major cost savers that draw business to an array of services provided by the industry. More controversially, telecom has signaled a shift away from local employment to call centers in emerging countries halfway around the world.

The old saying that to get ahead in business, "It's not what you know, but who you know," has a new addition today : "How well are you connected?" Although telecommunications has seemingly jumped to light speed over the last few decades, it has yet to live up to its mind-boggling potential, so staying connected to fast-paced developments is key to keeping one step ahead of the competition.

Around the Web, discover more information on related companies, equipment, service providers, trade associations and more, along with job listings, career development resources, consumer information and, just for fun, a bit of telecommunications industry history and trivia...

More about the telecommunications industry around the Web:

Goodman's Bookmarks - A great collection of reference materials, resources, news and publications, and web directories to telecommunications, wireless and IP telephony vendors and service providers around the globe.

Telecom Engine - Information and news portal with direct access to their latest features, event calendar, newsletter, and industry resource list, plus white papers, case studies and more with free registration.

TIA | Telecommunications Industry Association
- The U.S. organization featuring a member directory, free online newsletter, a busy forum, event calendar, statistics and trends, market development white papers, market reviews and forecasts, membership info and related links.

TelecomCareers - Search by keyword or location for jobs in the U.S. or Canada, and browse for related news and career resources.

Telecommunications Career Guide & Resources - Comprehensive directory covering hundreds of job descriptions, companies, industry news, tutorials, dictionaries and glossaries.

Telecommunications Virtual Museum - An online funhouse for fans of trivia and the oddball fact with information on telephone science, related historic events and company histories, photos and timelines, related resources.


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