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Telecommunications and datacommunications are important parts of modern technology, used by big businesses and commercial companies, as well as in homes. Whilst this technology is often taken for granted, it is quite complex, with various types of networks and systems. Telecoms technicians are responsible for installing, testing and repairing communications systems of all types.
Telecoms technicians work with a variety of communications and data-communications (IT) systems, including:
The work of a telecommunications technician will vary from setting up systems in large corporate buildings, to installing them in private homes. As well as installing systems, some technicians will also be involved in creating the systems or testing them for faults. This would depend on the employer and the individual role of the technician. However, with the merging of data and telecommunications systems, demand is increasing for technicians who have skills in both fields, especially in fibre optics and wireless broadband technologies.
Fibre optics are now commonly used in communication and utilities due to their thin size and efficiency. They are long, thin, transparent wires which are now commonly used in homes and in businesses, for fast-speed internet and telecommunications. This sort of technology requires specialist technicians for installation, who have particular insight into fibre optic technology.
Telecom technicians are likely to find employment opportunities with telephone and broadband network providers, mobile phone companies, cable, satellite and digital TV companies, transport signal engineering and other energy and utility companies.