From the world of computing comes the concept of packet network technology. Whilst it is possible to convey a dedicated, continuous stream of information between 2 points using a digital transmission system, this is by no means the most efficient or flexible way to use a complex communications network.
By adding some layers of embedded computer-based intelligence to a network, information can be sent in small packets rather than continuously. The packets can then be routed via any available route across a complex network.
Neotel’s packet network technology
The power of such packet networks lies in their resilience to failure, short of the complete destruction of the network. The Internet Protocol (IP), developed initially by the US military for exactly this reason, is the foundation of the global Internet. It has become the de facto standard for such communication and forms the basis for our powerful IP network.
The addition of Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) creates a set of virtual paths across a network through which IP packets are directed. Our network uses MPLS to create Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) for customers, each with the characteristics of a dedicated physical network. Whilst IP alone provides a "best effort" service, with possible delays and variation, such as when browsing the web, MPLS embedded into the very fabric of the router electronics makes it possible to control the behaviour of streams of packets along each path (Quality of Service or QoS) to support voice, video or any other real-time communication.
Packet network technology is one of the telecommunications technologies we employ; learn more about the complete range of technologies.