Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) has launched the Asia-Pacific region's first broadband VPN (virtual private network) service using MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) technology, SingTel said in a statement Thursday.
The ConnectPlus IP (Internet Protocol) VPN is available in Singapore now, will be offered in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and US by the end of this year, and in other Asia-Pacific countries next year, SingTel said.
The service is aimed at companies operating in several different countries, providing dedicated access between remote offices of a single company, or between companies, according to SingTel.
SingTel expects to win 15 per cent of the estimated US$500 million Asia-Pacific market for IP traffic by 2002, according to the statement.
MPLS is described by vendors and carriers as an intelligent switching technology. It enables service providers to define specific packet delivery paths through the Internet, rather than allowing intermediate routers to make forwarding decisions as packets travel to their final destination.
This allows providers to offer IP services with quality-of-service guarantees and VPN support, and permits packet-based networks to deliver reliability comparable to today's circuit-switched public network.
MPLS is viewed by vendors and operators as critical for real-time applications, such as high-quality voice-over-IP Internet phone services.