• What are the benefits of MPLS VPN/VPLS connections?

    Telecom networking expert Ivan Pepelnjak breaks down the speed, bandwidth and security benefits of moving from a simple cable Internet connection to an MPLS VPN or VPLS connection.

  • 2010 telecom fan favorites

    It’s time again for the top-ranked SearchTelecom.com telecom content of the year, and you voted with your clicks for the best of IPv6, Optical Network Transport, 4G LTE, MPLS and OSS/BSS. Feel free...

  • IPv6 transition: Curing IPv4 address exhaustion

    This two-part article by IP expert Ivan Pepelnjak first digs into IPv4 address exhaustion and attempts to speed the IPv6 transition. Then, he analyzes several semi-workable solutions that might hel...

  • Comparing IPv4 to IPv6 translation solutions

    IPv4 to IPv6 translation has been a problem for more than a decade, and several solutions that attempt to solve IPv4 address exhaustion are network ready, according to IP expert Ivan Pepelnjak, who...

MPLS (Multi-protocol Label Switching) Networks

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  • 2010 telecom fan favorites – the gifts that keep on giving

    It’s time again for the top-ranked SearchTelecom.com telecom content of the year, and you voted with your clicks for the best of IPv6, Optical Network Transport, 4G LTE, MPLS and OSS/BSS. Feel free to re-gift to your very best friends. 

  • Guide to MPLS VPN/Ethernet VPLS edge networking services

    Ethernet VPLS and MPLS VPN services can play a key role in edge networking design. Our guide looks at deploying these services, their strengths and weaknesses, handling customer expectations and more. 

  • MPLS QoS: Technical advances and service guarantees

    Understanding technical advances in MPLS Quality of Service (QoS) are essential for telecom carriers to offer guaranteed delivery for mission-critical data and time-sensitive content. This guide walks through MPLS QoS deployment challenges on the edg... 

  • Advanced BGP network design for stability and security

    Anyone who knows Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) already knows it's hard, but the secure and stable IP network results make it worth it. You may have worked your way from simple through advanced troubleshooting, but there's more. This essential BGP g... 

  • Traffic engineering the service provider network

    Traffic engineering distributes bandwidth load across network links. Learn about the evolution of traffic engineering and its role in networks transitioning from Layer 2 to IP technology. Then dive into MPLS traffic engineering and all the benefits i... 

  • MPLS security analysis

    "MPLS security analysis," Chapter 3 of "CCNP Self-Study: Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks (BCMSN), 3rd Edition" by Richard Froom, Balaji Sivasubramanian and Erum Frahim, describes how MPLS provides security (VPN separation, robustness agai... 

  • MPLS TE technology overview - Chapter 2 of 'QoS for IP/MPLS Networks'

    This review of Multiprotocol Label Switching Traffic Engineering (MPLS TE) from the Cisco Press book "QoS for IP/MPLS Networks" by Santiago Alvarez describes MPLS TE basics. description includes the details of TE information distribution, path comput... 

  • Implementing quality of service (QoS) over MPLS VPNs

    QoS for MPLS VPNs is explained at an introductory level. Learn how to build QoS policy and apply it to the MPLS VPN. 

  • switch

    In a telecommunications network, a switch is a device that channels incoming data from any of multiple input ports to the specific output port that will take the data toward its intended destination. 

About MPLS (Multi-protocol Label Switching) Networks

MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) technology is a fixture in service provider networks, offering flexible network segmentation and prioritization through quality of service (QoS). Get help here with everything from MPLS technology basics and the benefits of MPLS to full-blown backbone migration to MPLS.