CeBIT Debate: MPLS and QOS

At the CeBIT tradeshow, industry experts will be addressing one of the hottest topics in telecom today: whether Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) has got what it takes.

The seminar will take place on Wednesday, March 12, between 11:30 and 12:30, at the Network Information Center in Hall 15, Stand 14. Admittance is free of charge.

The big issue under consideration will be what MPLS brings to the party in respect to quality of service. A key focus of the discussion will be Germany’s KING research project, which is investigating alternatives to MPLS for use in very large, packet-based networks.

Moderating will be Peter Heywood, Founding Editor, Light Reading, the technology news Website with the world’s largest readership among service providers.

The speakers will include: Background

The issue of QOS lies at the heart of many service providers’ hopes of being able to start making a profit out of their Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructures. The argument goes that they need to be able to guarantee levels of packet loss, latency, and so on, in order to offer alternatives to today’s big money-making services such as leased lines and frame relay.

MPLS is touted as a way to deliver on that dream. In essence, it provides a way for carriers to separate out different streams of traffic so they can be treated differently within the network.

However, plenty of people question whether MPLS is really up to the task, particularly when used in very large-scale networks. Germany’s KING project, led by Siemens, is addressing this issue and coming up with some fundamentally different ways of achieving high levels of QOS using enhancements to connectionless IP protocols.

Background Reading

  • MPLS: King for a Day?
  • IP Quality of Service
  • Sprint Spurns MPLS for Global VPNs
  • Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
  • MPLS vs ATM? Vendors Weigh In
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