Telcom or Telecom – Which Spelling Is Correct?

What’s the correct form to talk about telecommunications or a telephone company? Should we say “Telcom” or “Telecom”?

We want to know the differences between these two words. Do they mean the same? Should we avoid any? What’s the appropriate way to use them?

Let’s take a look and discover!

Telcom or Telecom – Which Spelling Is Correct?

The correct spelling is “Telecom”, which is short for “Telecommunications” (both concerning companies and technology). “Telcom” is a misspelling that could indicate “Telecom” or “Telco”. In either scenario, it’s incorrect and should be avoided. You can use “Telecom” anytime you need to talk about “Telecommunications” in general.

telcom or telecom

Take a look at the examples below:

  • The telcom company filed for bankruptcy last month. (incorrect)
  • The telecom company filed for bankruptcy last month.

“Telcom” means nothing. Especially because it could be the misspelling of two completely different words, this isn’t a misspelling situation in which we can perhaps guess what someone’s trying to convey when using it.

You should always avoid using the form “Telcom”. You should double-check what you want to say before making a statement, and choose between “Telco” and “Telecom” appropriately.

“Telecom” is a correct word to indicate either a telecommunications company or a telecommunications technology. In both instances, “Telecom” would convey the correct message, as you can see from the example above.

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Telcom

“Telcom” is incorrect. It’s either the misspelling of “Telecom” or the misspelling of “Telco”. Either way, “Telcom” is not a word you can use to define anything. You must decide what you mean and correct it accordingly, to indicate “Telecom” or “Telco”.

Is “Telcom” a word at all? According to The Cambridge Dictionary and The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it’s not.

Let’s take a look at some examples that use the incorrect form “Telcom”, followed by a revised sentence that contains “Telecom” (which is the word we’re looking into in this article).

  1. They sell devices mainly to telcom companies. (incorrect)
  2. They sell devices mainly to telecom companies.
  1. The telcom group was slowly losing relevance. (incorrect)
  2. The telecom group was slowly losing relevance.
  1. My husband works at a telcom company. (incorrect)
  2. My husband works at a telecom company.

Telecom

“Telecom” is short for “Telecommunications”. Therefore, we must find out what “Telecommunication” is, to make sense of the word “Telecom”. “Telecommunications” is the transmission of information by various types of technology over wire, radio, optical, or other electromagnetic systems.

This is how The Cambridge Dictionary defines “Telecommunications”, which ultimately is “Telecom” as well: “the sending and receiving of messages over distance, especially by phone, radio, and television”. It’s a simpler definition that helps clarify what “Telecom” is.

Take a look at some examples:

  1. I work at a telecom company.
  2. They are an international telecom company.
  3. We work with some big telecom companies.
  4. The telecom industry can be tough.
  5. Like any technology company, telecoms must evolve fast.

Which Is Used the Most?

Which one of those forms is used more often, “Telcom” or “Telecom”? Take a look at the graph from Google Ngram Viewer below and find out.

telcom or telecom usage

“Telecom” is the most common form. “Telcom” barely appears at the bottom of the graph. However, here are a few things we should consider.

First, “Telecom” isn’t as common nowadays as it used to be before. This word started to be popular around 1960, which matches the time when telephones and technology became more present in people’s lives.

The word “Telecom” peaked in usage around 2000 and, since then, has been dropping in usage at a fast pace. We think this is the case because after the year 2000 cell phones came to be and brought a different nomenclature to use.

“Telcom”, on the other hand, has never been a popular word. Indeed, it’s incorrect and shouldn’t appear as being used much. “Telcom” is a misspelling for either “Telecom” or “Telco”, so it should never be used. You should avoid it. 

Final Thoughts

“Telecom” is the correct word to indicate either a telecommunications company or any telecommunications technology. “Telcom” is a misspelling either for “Telecom” or for “Telco” (which is a phone company). As with any incorrect form – and especially one that could try to indicate two different things – it should be avoided.