Glossary of Terms

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Term Definition

IP convergence is the consolidation of Networks (e.g. Voice, data, video) into a single platform lowering the cost of Networks and communications.


Colocation is where an organisation houses its servers in a server room in a third party Data Centre, and uses a service provider for the provision of Network connections such as Internet leased lines to several servers which are housed together in a server room.

Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing refers to a Network of remote servers hosted on the Internet rather than a local server or computer which are used to process, manage and store data. Cloud Computing is broken down into three common service levels: SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. See definitions.


A physical circuit is a wire or a part of a wire which provides a communications route between two or more points on a Network. The circuit, sometimes described as a local loop connects a customer premise to a switch, router, multiplexer, or other device at the edge of a carrier or service provider Network.