While telecom companies typically focus on services, many lease or sell telephony equipment as well. Usually this includes standard landline phones, cellphones and smartphones, though enterprises might also purchase Voice-over-IP products.Continue Reading
In the United States, many of the early telecom companies primarily sold standard landline phones and service, and this infrastructure is still common for businesses, as of April 2015. Long-distance providers were common as well, and many of the big mobile companies, such at AT&T and Sprint, formerly sold long-distance service. Most telecom companies that sell smartphone services sell devices made by third-party manufacturers instead of manufacturing their own phones. However, businesses might buy branded VoIP equipment from AT&T or other telecom companies.
The term telecom traditionally refers to companies providing telephony service, but a number of telecom companies have expanded their offerings and sell a broad range of services and equipment. AT&T sells television and Internet service though its U-Verse brand, and Verizon runs its FiOS service in parts of the United States. Similarly, non-telecom companies also offer some products that used to be offered exclusively by telecom companies. Comcast, long known as a cable provider, offers VoIP service that runs on its Internet lines. As a result, defining what constitutes a telecom company can be difficult.Learn more about Mobile