The History of Telecommunication

Remember that thing you saw on Lord of The Rings Return of The King? you know the part where all the kingdoms are informed that it’s time to slay the Orcs, That my friends, is how our ancestors communicated in the past, as we all know, assume or science tells us we all originated from Africa.

Back then our ancestors had no phones or the internet. Thus they used drums and smoke signals to send “goodnight, I love you” texts to their sweethearts. No just kidding these signals were used to send important messages such as we are going to beat up those guys over there today and take their women or to call for help.

Forward a few centuries into the future and humanity has spread out all over the planet, even Columbus has already gone on his tour of the world and brought back syphilis to his people. We are in the 1790s. We can say that this was when it all changed.

Somewhere in Europe the first semaphore system emerged, created by a French engineer with a similarly French name Claude Chappe the semaphore system or the visual telegraph was a system of sending messages by holding the arms of two poles or flags in certain positions according to an alphabetical code.

When we all got tired of doing that an engineer from Sweden came up with a system that relied upon shutters, the only problem was this system required experts kind of like that guy who fixes your cable to operate. That’s why it was abandoned in 1880.

Humanity gets smarter

In 1884 some guy named Samuel Morse‘s invented what we now know as the Telegraph, this technology was adapted by the US post office and used unchallenged for three years, they even built the pioneering Washington to Baltimore line. Seeing opportunity in this, money hungry private companies joined in and connected New York to Philadelphia.

In 1858 an American company laid the first cable that connected the United state to Britain, it worked for a few months, but then it failed. Success was … Read the rest

The History of Telecommunication

Remember that thing you saw on Lord of The Rings Return of The King? you know the part where all the kingdoms are informed that it’s time to slay the Orcs, That my friends, is how our ancestors communicated in the past, as we all know, assume or science tells us we all originated from Africa.

Back then our ancestors had no phones or the internet, thus they used drums and smoke signals to send “goodnight, I love you” texts to their sweethearts. No just kidding these signals were used to send important messages such as we are going to beat up those guys over there today and take their women or to call for help.

Forward a few centuries into the future and humanity has spread out all over the planet, even Columbus has already gone on his tour of the world and brought back syphilis to his people. We are in the 1790s. We can say that this is when it all changed.

Somewhere in Europe the first semaphore system emerged, created by a French engineer with a similarly French name Claude Chappe the semaphore system or the visual telegraph was a system of sending messages by holding the arms of two poles or flags in certain positions according to an alphabetical code.

When we all got tired of doing that an engineer from Sweden came up with a system that relied upon shutters, the only problem was this system required experts kind of like that guy who fixes your cable to operate. That’s why it was abandoned in 1880.

Humanity Gets Smarter

In 1884 some guy named Samuel Morse‘s invented what we now know as the telegraph, this technology was adapted by the US post office and used unchallenged for 3 years, they even built the pioneering Washington to Baltimore line. Seeing opportunity in this, money hungry private companies joined in and connected New York to Philadelphia.

In 1858 an American company laid the first cable that connected the united state to Britain, it worked for a few months but then it failed. Success was achieved in … Read the rest

Teleconferencing Then and Now

They called it “the picture phone device” up until someone decided to change the name, if it were up to me I’d still call it “picture phone”, why? Because it sounds good, back in 1960 things were very different. Look at it this way, traveling from one geographical region to another was not that difficult compared to today.

You didn’t have to go through multiple security checks or go through extreme vetting like some guy is proposing; simply put, many people did not see the need for teleconferencing or picture phone devices. Before teleconferencing became a thing foundations had to be made.  You can say that it all started with the telegraph.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph machine was invented by a mechanic named Samuel F.B Morse’s back 1840; the significance of it was it laid the groundwork needed for teleconferencing and the telecommunication industry as a whole. Its purpose was to connect people over great distances without them having to physically travel.

Soon after the telegraph, came the telephone which was invented by Graham Bell, telephones allowed people to send voice messages from one point to another with ease. In the 60s group, calls were possible through electronic central offices; the problem was it was expensive.

The game changer was fiber optics which replaced copper wire; this made teleconferencing more affordable and led to its rise in popularity.

Audio Teleconferencing

This is where it all started, audio teleconferencing is voice only. In some places it is referred to as a corporate call, back then it was used by businesses or groups to hold meetings. Although it still exists today, it still remains as one of the most underutilized methods of group communication. You can blame the high-speed internet for that.

Teleconferencing Today

Today we have the ability to communicate with whoever we want from wherever on the planet; this is thanks to the internet. There are five types of internet teleconferencing methods today, these are:

  • Internet teleconferencing:
  • Video conferencing:
  • Web conferencing
  • Augmented reality conferencing

The technology mostly used in teleconferencing is known as VOIP (voice over internet protocol) in … Read the rest