What is MPLS?

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a routing protocol used in high performance networks. Each ‘packet’ of data is assigned a virtual label which is used to move packets around the MPLS network.
MPLS allows customers to deploy a private managed data network linking multiple sites using a wide range of circuits such as Ethernet, EFM, SDSL, ADSL and leased lines.
As these circuits connect into a central network rather than to a specific site the network is more flexible than leased lines or VPN. It can also sometimes reduce the costs of routers. Customers can simply add new connections (circuits) at a new site without the need for VPNs.
How does it work?
A label is assigned to each data packet based on the destination. The forwarding decision concerning the packet is based on the label and not the full IP address which has the effect of making MPLS a fast and efficient routing protocol.

An MPLS network will usually include a hosted firewall which allows for a centralised Internet connection that is used to provide clean and managed access to the Internet. As only one firewall is involved this is a cost-efficient way of accessing the Internet.

Key benefits
  • A choice of managed or unmanaged solutions
  • A range of access options can be used
  • Clean access to the Internet
  • Ability to separate voice, data and Internet traffic for Quality of Service
  • Flexibility to manage changes
  • Facilitate remote and home workers using their existing Internet connections
  • Ideal for hosted IP and SIP trunks
  • Service Level Agreements
  • A secure and resilient multi-site solution
  • In-build disaster recovery capabilities.
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