An MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) network isn’t a type of Internet connection, it’s a technique that prioritises and shapes your network traffic flows. This allows you to give priority to critical data, such as video conferencing or voice traffic, to ensure absolute reliability and quality while your staff are sending large files across the same connection.
It is a highly scalable technique and allows for different speeds for each office location depending upon individual site requirements. An MPLS network is entirely secure as your inter-office data never transits the public Internet.
When implementing complex corporate networks there are various factors to consider. In many cases a traditional MPLS network is the best choice, but other times the emerging SD-WAN technology is more suitable.
Generally, MPLS networks can deliver higher quality traffic, which is important if you operate a massive network. However, this does come at a cost and SD-WAN is relatively cheap to implement and maintain in comparison.
We encourage you to read our article discussing SD-WAN and MPLS for more details on the differences between them.