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Multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) technology emerged in the late '90s as a data-carrying technique for complex telecommunications networks. Data packets within MPLS networks have labels that act as unique references for identifying the path the packets will take to their respective destinations. Below are just some of the advantages this mode of data transmission offers:

Enhanced User Experience

MPLS allows transmission of multiple types of data over a single connection. It prioritizes the different data types depending on their time-sensitivity. The network will, therefore, transmit VoIP faster than normal Internet data, enabling better voice communication over the connection.

Congestion Management

Most switching technologies use protocols that transmit data by following the shortest path between two locations. The selected shortest path may have some technical difficulties leading to transmission latency. MPLS employs sophisticated algorithms to route traffic via non-standard paths when there is congestion somewhere along the network.

Scalability

Conventional switching technologies require the configuration of a sophisticated labyrinth of tunnels whenever the need to add a site on an existing virtual private network (VPN) arises. MPLS allows additional sites with minimal setup configuration, which helps to expand the network quickly without extended downtime.

Enhanced Bandwidth Utilization

Since multiple types of data traffic use the same link for transmission, optimal bandwidth utilization is achievable. MPLS allows high-priority traffic to consume some of the low-priority traffic channels whenever needed. The vice versa applies, such as during the night when high-priority data streams like VoIP are not in use.

For more information about how MPLS can improve your network user experience, contact TelWare at 1-800-637-3148 or sales@telware.com. TelWare is a national leader in the installation of voice, video, data and unified communication solutions. TelWare is an authorized Avaya, Star2Star, 3CX and SimpleWAN dealer.

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