UK Telecoms and ICT Index and Links - L

LAN - Local Area Network
A network that connects computers in one location together, primarily for the sharing of resources and exchange of information.

external links:Equiinet
Equiinet supply server appliances which make Internet connectivity, the administration of security and control of users easier for non-technical business managers.

information sheets:VoIP, Voice over Internet Protocol and Internet telephone calls
What is a server appliance - and why do you need one?

related index entries:NETWORK


LANDLINE
A wired communications link, such as a standard telephone line or via a cable operator.

information sheets:uk residential fixed landline telephone and broadband services


LCR - Least Cost Routing
An automated function which routes out-going calls via the cheapest telecoms operator available, usually by dialing a prefix to the telephone number.

external links:Uswitch
Ofcom approved comparison site for residential consumers but will come up with companies who also offer competitive small business solutions

FAQs:What's this about dialling a prefix before the number, to be billed by a different telco?

related index entries:CALL ROUTING
CPS - Carrier Pre Selection


LEASED LINE
A permanently open, high bandwidth line that can be used to give an "always on" connection to the Internet or between two offices. Typically leased lines are from 64 Kbps, but can be up to multi-Mbps depending on the size of the organisation and usage. Also known as a private circuit.

information sheets:Getting connected to the Internet
How to choose a business broadband provider
Improving Internet connectivity with ISDN, ADSL, cable, broadband and mobile broadband
ISDN vs. standard phone line?

related index entries:CELLSTREAM
CONNECTIVITY
KILOSTREAM
MEGASTREAM


LOCAL LOOP
The local circuit connection between the customer and the customer's nearest telephone exchange office. Usually constructed of copper wires.

external links:Oftel's Local Loop Unbundling Fact Sheet
This Fact Sheet in the Oftel archive on the Ofcom website gives an overview and some details of the LLU process.

information sheets:local loop unbundling (LLU)

related index entries:RADSL - Rate Adaptive DSL




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