Birch expands MPLS service footprint, enhances delivery experience

Birch Communications is enhancing its multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) product with greater reach and the addition of new service delivery elements for existing and new business customers.

Among some of the new enhancements to the service are increased functionality and order flow. Birch said these enhancements will help "improve product functionality and decrease installation and activation intervals."

Delivered over its privately-owned IP network, Birch's MPLS product provides custom virtual local area network solutions with quality of service and can be used to provide network redundancy for customers.  

By offering encrypted and authenticated security through the secure conduit of the MPLS service, Birch said it can also address specific industry vertical security compliance standards such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Multi-site business customers can address their MPLS needs from one virtual network connection that Birch says equally routes data access to information and applications from all locations. Today, Birch can provide MPLS through any service delivery method on its nationwide IP network with more than 600 points of presence (POPs) in 22 states, spanning 31,000 fiber-route miles and through network-to-network interfaces (NNIs).

Enhancing the MPLS service is a direct complement to the ongoing fiber network expansion Birch has been making into more buildings in the territory it serves.

The service provider recently connected 46 buildings to its fiber network in four markets: Dallas, Houston, Denver and Los Angeles. Through that expansion effort, Birch now serves a total of 686 buildings nationwide, reaching more than 20,000 businesses with its suite of IP-based Ethernet and voice services. It can leverage these recent on-net extensions to potentially extend its MPLS reach.

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