Fujitsu Begins MPLS Trials in Hong Kong

TOKYO (08/02/2000) - Fujitsu Ltd. on Tuesday launched its first real world trials of MPLS (multiprotocol label switching) technology with Hong Kong telecommunications carrier Cable & Wireless HKT Ltd.

MPLS is a new data transmission protocol that works across IP (Internet Protocol), ATM (asynchronous transfer mode) and frame relay, and can be used to move traffic faster across a network. Not yet widely deployed, the protocol is being eyed by network equipment vendors and network operators as not just a way to generally speed up networks, but also as a way to provide QoS (quality of service) functions that will enable traffic to be prioritized in terms of urgency.

The trials in Hong Kong will specifically focus on use of MPLS over the carrier's ATM backbone and are scheduled to run until late this year, the Japanese company said. Fujitsu previously supplied the ATM switches used on the carrier's network, which carries C&W HKT's conventional Internet traffic as well as multimedia data from the company's video-on-demand and interactive services.

Providing the trials are successfully concluded, C&W HKT is expected to begin using MPLS commercially from early 2001.

[For more information on MPLS, see "Analysis: Label Switching Aids Scalability, QoS," March 6.]Fujitsu, in Tokyo, can be contacted at +81-3-3216-3211 or online at http://www.fujitsu.co.jp/. C&W HKT, in Hong Kong, can be reached at +852-2888-2888 or online at http://www.cwhkt.com/.

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