telecommunication carriers - Definition from the Hotspot Shield Glossary

A telecom carrier is a business that owns a telecommunications network and uses said network to distribute carrier services to the public and other businesses. These kind of businesses are usually regulated by government controls and or regulatory bodies to ensure they are adhering to standards and operating ethically.

Carrier companies will be responsible for distributing huge amounts of data across the country or even worldwide and will have in place a complex network containing a great deal of fiber optic cabling. Depending on the available networks, the public will be able to connect to a telecommunications carrier network via cable, fiber optics, wireless and even satellite for a fixed monthly fee. Examples of carriers include Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.