A Brief History Of Communications

Edgetronix creates custom VOIP solutions for businesses in Colorado and beyond. Based out of Centennial, Aurora, and Loveland, Colorado, we have a passion for building VOIP phone services that fit the unique needs of our customers. While that might sound a bit “marketey” to some, we really mean it. We think any business that wants the best business VOIP service around needs to have its unique telecommunications needs met in a customized way. 

Now that we’ve reminded you about our VOIP service at Edgetronix, it’s time we dive into the meat and potatoes of today’s post! As the title already informed you, today’s blog is devoted to offering up a brief history of communications. While we won’t be able to provide an in-depth dissertation on the topic, we hope you find our summary informative and interesting! 

Prehistoric Communications

Let’s start at the very beginning. Well, not the very beginning, because no one knows about that, so let’s start where we have an educated guess about communications in the very early days. Before history, while humans were still developing civilization, humans were quite limited in their ability to communicate. 

Early attempts at medium-distance communication included drum messages or fire and smoke signals. However, these types of communication required pre-agreed meanings that everyone could remember easily. They needed to indicate simple truths, such as safety or danger

Early Communications

Around the 6th century BCE, or 2600 hundred years ago, we know that Cyrus the Persian ruled Persia at the height of its power as an empire. Cyrus is credited with establishing the world’s first postal system. Other world powers, such as Rome, China, and Egypt, ended up developing their own postal systems after the Persians pioneered the invention. 

A century or so later, Persia went one step further and introduced a pigeon messaging system. Because pigeons can find their way back to their nests regardless of how far away they are, travelers could use them to fly messages back home on their journey. Of course, this is only a one-way exchange. 

Later on Before the Common Era, Greeks invented hydraulic semaphore and heliographs, two distinct forms of communication that proved vital to the Greeks’ war efforts throughout their period of dominance. 


Common Era Developments

Before the 1400s, communication between maritime ships was quite challenging. Flag semaphore’s introduction made interaction significantly easier. The mode of communication, which involves changing the position two hand-held flags, made it easy for fleets and ships to communicate quickly. 

In 1672, the first acoustic telephone was invented by Robert Hook, after he discovered that sound could be transmitted over a wire or string to a mouthpiece of some kind. 

In 1838, things radically changed when the electrical telegraph was introduced by, you guessed it, Samuel B. Morse. By 1876, Alexander Graham Bell had an incredible breakthrough with the telephone. In his attempts to transmit speech electronically, he came up with something we all use to this very day. 

The 20th century saw humanity develop transcontinental telephone calling, television, videophones, public telephone networks, mobile phones, satellite phones, smartphones, and VOIP internet telephony in 2003. 

With respect to VOIP technology, Edgetronix provides consultations so we can design comprehensive communications solutions for Colorado businesses. Our customers expect the best from us, knowing that we have the capacity and drive to deliver excellence in a unique way.   

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