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Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a compelling replacement for aging Frame Relay networks, but it's not for everyone. Enterprises that have decided to migrate to an MPLS network must ensure that negotiations with service providers achieve the best performance and value possible.

This downloadable checklist will aid in assessing and selecting MPLS service providers. Features include:

  • A list of key questions to ask any service provider in the areas of price, geographical coverage, reputation, reliability, features/functions, implementation issues, and ongoing support.
  • A method for short-listing suitable MPLS service providers that can be pursued for price quotes or Requests for Proposal (RFPs).

The benefits that an MPLS network can provide over other WAN alternatives are genuine. Enterprises entering into contract negotiations with MPLS providers should have key questions at-the-ready in order to achieve value and performance.


This downloadable tool is associated with the research note, "MPLS Eruption: Don't Get Burned by Canned Contracts."

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Search Code: 8857
Published: September 16, 2006
Last Revised: September 16, 2006


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