HughesNet and MPLS

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Executive Summary

Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a sub-IP layer technique of handling Routing, Quality of Services (QoS) and multiple customers' IP address spaces. HughesNet is an alternate Sub-IP layer type of transport network. This paper discusses the possibility of combining HughesNet seamlessly with the MPLS. HughesNet service can interact with the MPLS in three configurations. HughesNet can be used as an extension to the MPLS without deploying the traditional MPLS last mile connectivity. Next, it can be used to provide additional bandwidth. Lastly, HughesNet can serve as an integrated backup to an existing MPLS network. According to the paper, HughesNet has developed several features for its integration with the MPLS. It provides highly differentiated traffic handling, reporting, and separation for potentially overlapping IP addresses, configuration for multicast traffic and classification rules. Further, HughesNet as an interface to an MPLS end to end network is analyzed generically. The study lists several branches where the integration of HughesNet and MPLS can be applied along with the implications on the deployment of HughesNet. The paper concludes with detailed analysis of several applications including QoS, routing, load sharing and multicast. Hence, the study implies that the discussed integration is very useful in network communications.

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