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ITU announces new carrier class MPLS standard

In what it describes as a big step towards leveraging existing MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) deployment in transport networks, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has agreed to a first stage approval of a new standard.


March 1, 2011  


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In what it describes as a big step towards leveraging existing MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) deployment in transport networks, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has agreed to a first stage approval of a new standard.

The ITU-T standard will give network operators the tools necessary to manage large scale deployments of MPLS-based networks.

Network operators will now have a choice of OAM (operations, administration and maintenance) tools to best meet their specific transport network requirements. These OAM tools in the hands of network operators will, in particular, allow quick detection of defects and fault isolation.

“MPLS is widely embraced in backbone networks as a way to speed up routers,” ITU said. “The OAM tools in the ITU-T standard are based on technology proven in carrier grade Ethernet services and legacy transport networks, making it easier for operators to upgrade.”