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Communication Media

Definition - What does Communication Media mean?

Communication media refers to the means of delivering and receiving data or information. In telecommunication, these means are transmission and storage tools or channels for data storage and transmission.

The term is also commonly used in place of mass media or news media.

Techopedia explains Communication Media

Different media are employed for transmitting data from one computer terminal to the central computer or to other computer systems inside some kind of network.

There are two forms of communication media:
  • Analog: Includes the conventional radio, telephonic and television broadcasts
  • Digital: Computer-mediated communication, computer networking and telegraphy

The most commonly used data communication media include:

  • Wire pairs
  • Coaxial cable
  • Microwave transmission
  • Communication satellites
  • Fiber optics
The communication media acts as a communication channel for linking various computing devices so that they may interact with each other.

Contemporary communication media facilitate communication and data exchange among a large number of individuals across long distances via email, teleconferencing, Internet forums, etc. Traditional mass media channels such as TV, radio and magazines, on the other hand, promote one-to-many communication.

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