Looking for more control over your network? MPLS offers the best of both worlds for speedy and reliable transfer throughout your network. You can now minimize the worry that comes with transferring files by utilizing a dependable service that involves detailed packet-labeling for efficient delivery. MPLS stands for Multi-Protocol Label Switching. MPLS is a mechanism for routing traffic within a telecommunications network from one network node to another.

Packets are directed through your network based on a pre-assigned label associated with a specific path through your network, allowing for a higher level of control than in packet-switched networks. Pre-labeled packets offer hyper-focused data delivery from routers. Think of an MPLS as the world’s most careful crossing guard mixed with a hyper-efficient mailman—the goal is to speed up and shape your network traffic flows for optimal service, without compromising the security of your data.

Packet labels are administered as packets enter your network. Service providers can now decide ahead of time what path makes the most sense for what you’re trying to send: one level for voice, one level for time-sensitive traffic, and one level for “best effort” traffic. Internet Protocol (IP) routing in a packet-switched network allowed for a data packet to forge its own path through the network, which allowed for fast travel….but with unreliable results. MPLS solutions allow optimal control over your network routing that functions as an end-to-end connection within your network.

Service Providers use MPLS to improve their quality of service (QoS) by defining label-switched paths (LSPs) that meet specific service level agreements for traffic, packet loss, and downtime. Contrary to popular belief, MPLS isn’t only available for private networks, but for all service provider networks. If you want to maximize your network’s capabilities, an MPLS solution might be a perfect fit for your network. MPLS offers a sophisticated ability to control network dynamics and offer greater scalability than conventional solutions, as well as lower cost-per-bit of data compared to traditional transport platforms. If you’re interested in further investigating how an MPLS system can be of service for your network, reach out to our team at California Telecom today. We guarantee that we’ll be able to help you find the perfect fitting solution for your network.