MPLS - Multiprotocol Label Switching

MPLS is a mechanism for sending data from one network node to the next based on short path labels rather than long network addresses, avoiding complex lookups in a routing table.    The labels identify virtual links between distant nodes rather than endpoints.

In an MPLS network, data packets are assigned labels.  Packet-forwarding decisions are made solely on the contents of this label, without the need to examine the packet itself.    This allows you to create end-to-end circuits across any type of transport medium, using any protocol.

MPLS operates at a layer that is generally considered to lie between traditional definitions of layer 2 and layer 3 and is therefore often referred to as a "layer 2.5" protocol.  The traffic management benefits of migrating to MPLS are very beneficial and will provide your business increased performance and reliability.

Talk Telecom’s multi-site services can be tailored to meet your business needs, with options for dedicated and symmetrical options and speeds.

If you would like to explore how MPLS can benefit your business, call one of Talk Telecom’s MPLS specialists on 0333 240 6660 or email