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A value-added network service (also known as an advanced service) (VANS) refers to
|“||a network provider hired to facilitate electronic data interchange or provide other network services; before the arrival of the World Wide Web, some companies formed value-added networks to exchange data with other companies, but contemporary VANS providers focus on offering data translation, encryption, secure e-mail, management reporting, and other services for their customers.||”|
|“||[t]elecommunication services provided over public or private networks which, in some way, add value to the basic carriage, usually through the application of computerized intelligence. Examples of VANs include reservation systems, bulletin boards, and information services.||”|