Sprint is extending its multiprotocol label switching virtual private network to more than 100 countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia. The larger coverage area will make it easier for multinational corporations to consolidate and provision global networks, while reducing costs, according to Sprint officials.
Sprint's MPLS VPN provides a scalable, affordable IP-based solution that provides the security and privacy normally associated with frame relay and ATM without requiring the investment in costly level-2 hardware. Sprint manages addressing, routing and quality of service and offers service-level agreements covering availability, packet loss, delay, jitter and installation.
According to Randy Ritter, Sprint's vice president for product management, MPLS VPNs are becoming an increasingly attractive option for enterprises seeking to consolidate network applications at reasonable cost. "We can simplify network management while introducing a wide range of additional capabilities," Ritter said in a statement. "The inherent flexibility of our MPLS VPN service allows us to deliver a secure solution tailored to our customer's specific business requirements. Consequently, we can meet their objectives of lower cost, higher reliability and reduced complexity."
In addition to the core features of MPLS VPN, customers can benefit from Sprint's value-added services and features, including IPsec tunnel termination, network-based firewalls that require no on-premises equipment investments and remote access services. Sprint offers a wide range of access options, ranging from DSL to Ethernet and wireless.