In the time before PMP/P2P there were leased lines, and these were point to point connections over ATM or Frame Relay terminated by NTU's at each site and that worked great, but today we've got far better services to offer and herein we'll talk about PMP over MPLS.
PMP or Point to Multipoint is a connectivity solution that allows for private connectivity between two or more sites with ethernet presentation over various mediums. Probably the most common medium is NE (National Ethernet) over MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) which permits simply and secure connectivity between sites with Layer 2 switching.
However, PMP can be over a mixture of
- P2P Laser
- 4G/5G Cellular
- Syncrhonous DSL
- Fibre optics
- EPS Copper Pairs
When the network configuration is complete the customer has the option of either routing or switching the network traffic between sites. For efficiency and resilience over PMP routing is preferred and is mandatory when one or more of the endpoints is the Public Internet but in smaller networks Switching works just fine.
MLE (Multi Layer Encryption) can be added to any/all of the spans to provide increased security and privacy should the customer require it.
PMP is provided in two main and distinct flavours:
- Fully Managed - In this case the entire end to end circuit is managed by us and we monitor it 24/7 at our NOC. Routing and fallback is managed by us so you have no need to get involved in fault management.
- Part Managed - In this case then circuit connectiivty is managed by us, but the customer is responsible for managing the routing/switching.
Whichever management option, bandwidth, medium and term you select will determine the overall cost of the circuit and for that reason we will quote each scenario seperately.
The majority of PMP connectivity options can be augmented with enhanced service levels upto 24/7 1 hour response as needed.