What Is MPLS?

MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) is a data-carrying technique for high-performance telecommunications networks. This solution speeds up and shapes network traffic to accommodate expansion and bandwidth differentials while facilitating global connectivity.

Why Do You Need MPLS?

MPLS increases speed, decreases latency, strengthens IP phone connectivity, improves phone service quality, and processes information faster. It empowers the prioritization of critical business traffic across a wide-area network (WAN); MPLS allows for Quality of Service (QoS), meaning you can prioritize your traffic flow. For example, you could dedicate more of your bandwidth to voice data to ensure your calls are cleaner and clearer.

MPLS can also scale on a massive level in comparison to Ethernet. For instance, a network using MPLS can connect thousands of sites, whereas Ethernet can only handle hundreds. Additionally, one of the greatest advantages of MPLS is that all interconnected locations run on separate protocols. This means that none of the sites are dependent on a central hub, so if your main office experiences an outage, other branches won’t be affected.

MPLS Benefits

  • Enterprise-class network with built-in, end-to-end SLAs
  • Performance monitoring – visibility and control
  • Payment options—one-time, flat fee, or usage-based billing
  • Disaster recovery built into a network solution
  • Simplification of network infrastructure through addition and support of multiple services with one provider
  • Improved application performance and prioritization
  • Allows local-area networks (LANs) to communicate privately over a WAN
  • Carriers handle routing so that companies can keep fewer WAN/router engineers on staff
  • Simple interconnectivity between tens of thousands of locations

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