Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) in 21st Century Telecommunications Networks

2 Day Course
Code PWL024

Book Now - 4 Delivery Methods Available:

Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


This course provides an understanding of how MPLS works, its advantages and limitations and how it can be deployed to provide effective services over a 21st Century converged network. It will provide a detailed understanding for implementers, designers, managers and infrastructure engineers that need to plan, implement and use the new generation of networks and services.

The next generation of telecommunications networks will deliver broadband data and multimedia services to users. The Ethernet interface is becoming the interface of preference for user computers, IP Phones, Digital IP Television and network servers within the network itself. The network infrastructure will deliver these high performance IP services over Switched infrastructures deployed using Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS).

MPLS is a radically new approach to delivering IP services and must be built on an IP routed infrastructure.  However by deploying switching hardware it becomes possible to deliver quality of service by bypassing queues in routing functions and switching essentially in OSI layer 2. Once constructed MPLS networks can be used to deliver emulation services to provide customers with more traditional circuits provisioned over interfaces such as E1, Frame Relay, ATM and STM1 which in reality are provided emulated over MPLS running over Gigabit Ethernet infrastructures.


When you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the basic function of MPLS
  • Select the appropriate options and mechanisms for Label Distribution
  • Compare the efficiency of routed and MPLS switched options for QoS networks
  • Build infrastructures using MPLS over different physical infrastructures
  • Provide reliability by deploying the re-routing options in the event of failures
  • Deliver high bandwidth MPLS services for OSPF and BGP4 routed networks
  • Engineer Traffic on MPLS services
  • Provide Emulated services over MPLS infrastructures


Hide all

Evolution of Multi-Service Telecommunications Networks (7 topics)

  • Business environment for 21st Century Networks
  • Projecting the near future demands for services
  • Delivering Multimedia Services for Voice, Video and Television
  • Identifying the Quality of Service (QoS) needs
  • Analysing the problems with traditional IP routed Services
  • Adapting Internet Access to 21st Century needs
  • Solving the Quality of Service Delivery problems for Multi-service Delivery

MPLS Basics (9 topics)

  • What exactly is MPLS?
  • Identifying the characteristics of simple ¿½Plain Vanilla¿½ MPLS Services
  • Label Switched Routers
  • Ingress and Egress Label Edge Routers
  • Forward Equivalent Classes
  • Label Switched Paths
  • Selecting the Label headers appropriate to the technology
  • Distributing Labels with Label Distribution Protocol (LDP)
  • Comparing traffic patterns in routed and MPLS switched networks

Stacking Labels for Service Discrimination (5 topics)

  • Multi-Service Provisioning
  • Mechanisms used in ATM networks and their problems
  • Deploying Label Stacking for identification of Services
  • Tunnelling VPN services
  • Delivering Transit Networks Services

Pseudo Wire Services (7 topics)

  • What are Pseudo Wires?
  • Pseudo Wire Emulation (PWE) Architecture in RFC3916
  • Suitable Applications for PWE Services Encapsulation and frame ordering
  • Set-up and Tear-Down of PWE Services
  • Performance Monitoring
  • Fault Notification and Management
  • Quality of Service Needs

Quality of Service Options in MPLS Networks (7 topics)

  • Defining the objectives of QoS
  • QoS Options
  • Selecting Between Multiple QoS Paths
  • Deploying QoS using Class of Service and Experimental bits
  • Explicitly Routed LSP
  • RSVP for QoS
  • Constraint Based Label Switched Paths

Deploying QoS and Differentiated Services (8 topics)

  • Delivering QoS using Differentiated Services Code Points within IP
  • Forwarding Models for Diff-Serv Label Switched Routers
  • Tunnelling model
  • Pipe Model
  • Uniform Model
  • Preconfigured Explicit Label Switched Paths
  • RSVP Extensions for Diff-Serv support
  • Intserv Service types

Delivering Reliability (7 topics)

  • Fault Tolerance objectives for MPLS
  • Establishing a Fault Tolerant Session with LDP
  • Recovering Failed LDP Sessions
  • Check-pointing and graceful termination
  • Fast rerouting Alternatives
  • Security Considerations
  • Implementation Issues

Delivering Quality In Practice (8 topics)

  • Conditions affecting QoS in Practice
  • Sporadicity
  • Queue Management Issues
  • Input and Output queues
  • Flow Based Queues
  • Class based Queues
  • Weighted Fair Queuing
  • Random Early Determination


Delegates should have a solid understanding of IP and WAN technologies.

Additional Learning

The courses below may help you meet the knowledge level required to take this course.

Scheduled Dates

Please select from the dates below to make an enquiry or booking.


Different pricing structures are available including special offers. These include early bird, late availability, multi-place, corporate volume and self-funding rates. Please arrange a discussion with a training advisor to discover your most cost effective option.

Code Location Duration Price Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb
Virtual Classroom (London)
2 Days $2,305

and Virtual Classroom
2 Days $2,305

What Our Customers Say

The training was delivered with a high level of expertise and excellence. Instructor was highly knowledgeable.”

Technical Trainer, Aviat Networks

Overall the course was really good, the trainer really understood the material and was very approachable.”

Customer Training Manager, Aviat Networks

Excellent course, informative and well-paced.”

CSE, Cisco

Course was very well outlined. Topics were great and bridged many gaps.”

System Engineer, Cable & Wireless

An excellent intro to video encoding & MPEG transport streams - I would definitely recommend it.”

Broadcast Engineer, Cisco

Definitely an excellent intro. Left me interested in learning more.”

Broadcast Engineer, Eircom

Excellent training course with real examples and practical classroom demonstrations.”

Transport Designer, Orange

Instructor knowledge and experience was excellent.”

Solutions Engineer, Akamai

Excellent course, very clear and well organised. Course content delivery was very good.”

Assistant Engineer, Dhiraagu

Very informative and appropriate.”

Network Support Technician, BT

Course PDF


Share this Course


Recommend this Course