ISP Architechture – MPLS Overview, Design and Implementation for WISPs


Recently, I was fortunate enough to be invited by Brian Horn with to teach a session at WISP America 2016 in Lousiville, KY. We had the class on Tuesday, March 15th 2016 and the turnout and response were great.  Many different people have asked for the presentation, so I decided to go ahead and post it here. Hope this helps some of you who are trying to get into MPLS and although it does have a bit of a WISP focus, almost all of the concepts in the presentation apply to wireline networks as well.

About the presentation

Scope: This session was 30 minutes long with a Q&A afterwards, so the material is really a deep dive on MPLS. The goal was to introduce WISP engineers and owners to MPLS and how it improves the network as well as revenue.

When should I put MPLS in my WISP or Service Provider network?  The answer is ASAP! I was asked this question by a small WISP earlier in the week and he said i’m just too small to be thinking about MPLS. My response to him was simply – “Do you want to get MPLS in and working well when you only have a handful of routers or do you want to wait until you have a large number of routers and the cost/complexity of adding MPLS will increase significantly?”

Link to PDF version of the presentation:

ISP Architecture – MPLS Overvew, Design and Implemention for WISPs