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Multiprotocol Label Switching - Transport Profile (MPLS-TP) is a variant of the MPLS protocol that is used in packet switched data networks. MPLS-TP is the product of a joint Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) / International Telecommunication Union Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) effort to include an MPLS Transport Profile within the IETF MPLS and PWE3 architectures to support the capabilities and functionalities of a packet transport network.

MPLS-TP is designed for use as a network layer technology in transport networks. It will be a continuation of the work started by the transport network experts of the ITU-T, specifically SG15, as T-MPLS. Since 2008 the work is progressed in a cooperation between ITU-T and IETF. The required protocol extensions to MPLS being designed by the IETF based on requirements provided by service providers. It will be a connection-oriented packet-switched (CO-PS) application. It will offer a dedicated MPLS implementation by removing features that are not relevant to CO-PS applications and adding mechanisms that provide support of critical transport functionality.

MPLS-TP is to be based on the same architectural principles of layered networking that are used in longstanding transport network technologies like SDH, SONET and OTN. Service providers have already developed management processes and work procedures based on these principles.

MPLS-TP gives service providers a reliable packet-based technology that is based upon circuit-based transport networking, and thus is expected to align with current organizational processes and large-scale work procedures similar to other packet transport technologies.

MPLS-TP is a low cost L2.5 technology (if the limited profile to be specified is implemented in isolation) that provides QoS, end-to-end OA&M and protection switching.

In February 2008 the ITU-T and IETF agreed to work jointly[1] on the design of MPLS-TP. Based on this agreement IETF and ITU-T experts will jointly work out the requirements and solutions. ITU-T in turn will update the existing T-MPLS standards[2] based on the MPLS-TP related RFCs listed below.

RFC or drafts[edit]

The following IETF RFCs or drafts exist for MPLS-TP:

RFC Title Draft
RFC 5317 Joint Working Team (JWT) Report on MPLS Architectural Considerations for a Transport Profile draft-bryant-mpls-tp-jwt-report
RFC 5586 MPLS Generic Associated Channel draft-ietf-mpls-tp-gach-gal
RFC 5654 MPLS-TP Requirements draft-ietf-mpls-tp-requirements
RFC 5718 An In-Band Data Communication Network For the MPLS Transport Profile draft-ietf-mpls-tp-gach-dcn
RFC 5860 Requirements for Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (OAM) in MPLS Transport Networks draft-ietf-mpls-tp-oam-requirements
RFC 5921 A Framework for MPLS in Transport Networks draft-ietf-mpls-tp-framework
RFC 5950 Network Management Framework for MPLS-based Transport Networks draft-ietf-mpls-tp-nm-framework
RFC 5951 Network Management Requirements for MPLS-based Transport Networks draft-ietf-mpls-tp-nm-req
RFC 5960 MPLS Transport Profile Data Plane Architecture draft-ietf-mpls-tp-data-plane
RFC 6215 MPLS Transport Profile User-to-Network and Network-to-Network Interfaces draft-ietf-mpls-tp-uni-nni
RFC 6291 Guidelines for the Use of the "OAM" Acronym in the IETF draft-ietf-opsawg-mpls-tp-oam-def
RFC 6370 MPLS-TP Identifiers draft-ietf-mpls-tp-identifiers
RFC 6371 Operations, Administration, and Maintenance Framework for MPLS-Based Transport Networks draft-ietf-mpls-tp-oam-framework
RFC 6372 MPLS Transport Profile (MPLS-TP) Survivability Framework draft-ietf-mpls-tp-survive-fwk
RFC 6373 MPLS-TP Control Plane Framework draft-ietf-ccamp-mpls-tp-cp-framework
RFC 6375 A Packet Loss and Delay Measurement Profile for MPLS-based Transport Networks draft-ietf-mpls-tp-loss-delay-profile
tbd MPLS-TP OAM Analysis draft-ietf-mpls-tp-oam-analysis
RFC 6426 MPLS On-demand Connectivity Verification and Route Tracing draft-ietf-mpls-tp-on-demand-cv
RFC 6378 MPLS-TP Linear Protection draft-ietf-mpls-tp-linear-protection
RFC 6427 MPLS Fault Management OAM draft-ietf-mpls-tp-fault
RFC 6428 Proactive Connectivity Verification, Continuity Check and Remote Defect indication for MPLS Transport Profile draft-ietf-mpls-tp-cc-cv-rdi
tbd Pseudowire Status for Static Pseudowires draft-ietf-pwe3-static-pw-status
RFC 6435 MPLS Transport Profile lock Instruct and Loopback Functions draft-ietf-mpls-tp-li-lb


The solutions for the above requirements and framework are as mentioned below and is under development:[3]


  1. ^ "ITU-T/IETF interoperability issues addressed". ITU-T Study Group 15.
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