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gavlar 12/5/2012 | 3:26:16 AM
re: MPLS Bigwigs Get Edgy Seems they just had a big news release on this very subject.

Press Release Source: Broadwing Communications, LLC


Broadwing Communications to Launch Unique Converged Services Network
Monday February 14, 7:46 am ET
Opens the Door to a New Era in MPLS Virtual Private Networking


AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 14, 2005--Broadwing Communications, LLC, a consolidated subsidiary of Broadwing Corporation (NASDAQ:BWNG - News), today announced that it is completing the roll-out of a unique, Converged Services Network infrastructure based on Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) that will enable both Layer 2 and Layer 3 Virtual Private Network (VPN) services for enterprises and carriers. On track for general availability in the second quarter of 2005, the Converged Services Network will dramatically exceed the capabilities of traditional MPLS networks.
Peter Heywood 12/5/2012 | 3:26:12 AM
re: MPLS Bigwigs Get Edgy Perhaps the bigger point to make here is that Layer 2 VPN deployments (VPLS etc) are now said to be growing faster than Layer 3 VPN deployments, and both are growing at a cracking pace, according to Infonetics statitics quoted by Malis.

On why I didn't mention the Broadwing deployment in the story...there's lots of deployments these days so why should I single out that particular one?

By the way, I did ask Malis why Tellabs didn't participate in the interoperability demo, and I didn't put his answer in the story either. It was that Tellabs was so busy doing customer trials that it didn't have any spare equipment or resources.

imlazar 12/5/2012 | 3:26:10 AM
re: MPLS Bigwigs Get Edgy Good, that is exactly what we've been focusing on at MPLScon for the last two years and what we'll be focusing on at this year's show in NYC this May.
gigeguy 12/5/2012 | 3:26:09 AM
re: MPLS Bigwigs Get Edgy Broadwing is just one example of what we'll be seeing more and more of in the future - MPLS-based convergence with pseudowires and VPLS replacing older separate L2 networks, and also adding new services. As you quoted Kiritti and others in the article, it makes economic sense for the carriers.
rriicc 12/5/2012 | 3:26:05 AM
re: MPLS Bigwigs Get Edgy Is there any knowledge of real numbers of how many paying users (companies) that are actually using e.g. MPLS/BGP-VPN etc. services? And the revenues behind it.. I'm not asking if a railroad company in Burma is offering the service, and I'm not asking about revenues of core routers sales that includes MPLS whether you want it or not.
I see a discussion here that looks the same as 5+ years ago. I see same conference clowns still talking about scalability issues, QoS, MPLS at the edge and blablablah.
Is it an economic reality behind this or is it just loads of people travelling to conferences on companies' expenses?
Just a simple question... ;-)
lilgatsby 12/5/2012 | 3:26:03 AM
re: MPLS Bigwigs Get Edgy The market is converging and it's not a PowerPoint dream like in 2000. There are plenty of examples to back this up. Is MPLS the standard today - no. Is it gaining credibility quickly through its ability to inexpensively carry guaranteed differentiated services - yes.

It's really pretty simple: enabling multiple tied services over a common infrastructure introduces new revenue streams. One could debate the QoS, resiliency, ROI, etc...but the bottom line is that this is a viable and comparitively inexpensive option for many cable companies and telcos to add new revenues to the bottom line.

Just my 2cents (no I'm not in marketing for one of these vendors).

lg

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Is there any knowledge of real numbers of how many paying users (companies) that are actually using e.g. MPLS/BGP-VPN etc. services? And the revenues behind it.. I'm not asking if a railroad company in Burma is offering the service, and I'm not asking about revenues of core routers sales that includes MPLS whether you want it or not.
I see a discussion here that looks the same as 5+ years ago. I see same conference clowns still talking about scalability issues, QoS, MPLS at the edge and blablablah.
Is it an economic reality behind this or is it just loads of people travelling to conferences on companies' expenses?
Just a simple question... ;-)
gigeguy 12/5/2012 | 3:25:45 AM
re: MPLS Bigwigs Get Edgy The service provider revenues for MPLS-based VPNs (according to analyst studies from yankee group, infonetics, etc.) was over US $3B in 2004 and growing at about 30%/year, so yeah, it's real. You would know this if you read network world instead of this rag. :-)
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