landline definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A communications cable, as one used to transmit telephone or telegraph signals.
landline - Computer Definition
- A traditional telephone connected to the PSTN by a traditional wire (or fiber) local loop that terminates in a fixed location, rather than a cellular mobile telephone connected to a cellular network via radio technology. A cordless telephone is considered part of a landline as the local loop terminates in a fixed base station on the subscriber premises, even though the connection to the base station is wireless. A wireless local loop (WLL) is considered a landline, as it is terrestrial and connects two fixed points. See also local loop and WLL.
- A telecommunications system that uses traditional terrestrial cabled, or conducted, transmission media such as copper or fiber optics, and wireless systems such as microwave, rather than mobile wireless radio technologies such as cellular or, especially, non-terrestrial satellite.
Land based. Refers to standard telephone and data communications systems that use in-ground and telephone pole cables in contrast to wireless cellular and satellite services.