Tellurate glasses, with as second components Al[sub 2]O[sub 3], PbO, PbF[sub 2], PbCl[sub 2], PbBr[sub 2], PbSO[sub 4], ZnO, B[sub 2]O[sub 3], P[sub 2]O[sub 5], Li[sub 2]O, Na[sub 2]O, K[sub 2]O, MgO and BaO as well as some glasses from ternary TeO[sub 2]-P[sub 2]O[sub 5]-RO systems (R is Pb, Ba and Zn ions), have been investigated. Transmittance spectra in UV and VIS region of some selected glasses have been measured. A correlation between optical properties and UV absorption edge of the transmittance have been done. Using p[sup 31]-NMR spectroscopy the structural changes on short-range level order are studied. A strong influence on the refraction and dispersion values as well as UV-absorption ability of the glasses is established. For p[sup 31] -NMR spectroscopy investigations of crystalline phosphotellurites and related phosphotellurite glasses the TeO[sub 2]-P[sub 2]O[sub 5B]aO ternary system have been chosen. (author).