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service provider[′sər·vəs prə‚vīd·ər]
An organization that provides access to a wide-area network, such as the Internet.
An organisation that provides a service by telephone, such as an 0800 (toll free) number. The service provider buys the services of a telecom supplier (e.g. BT) but advertises the service and deals with the calls itself. Increasingly, service providers are now also managing their advanced call-routing.