IP Transport

What is IP transport?

IP transport is a technical term used when discussing requirements for moving data between networks. Since all small networks are interconnected, the data being transported must pass through several networks each containing different network devices. In order for your data to move through these networks, a well defined framework consisting of many protocols must be in place. This creates a secure route for the data to reach its destination.

How IP transport work and what are the requirements?

The data is first broken into small packets of information, as it cannot be sent whole. The data then travels through a physical route to its destination, commonly consisting of a possible mix of  co-axial cables, a twisted-pair cable, or fibre optics. This physical route of cables is called the transmission medium.


Each transmission medium is restricted to a fixed capacity known as the the bandwidth. In order to successfully transmit data, a minimum bandwidth is required which depends on the data being transported. Data being transported at 300 mbps, for instance, requires a minimum of 1 gigabit of ethernet transport.

Why GigeNET?

  •  Packet-switched over converged MPLS infrastructure with the ability to burst beyond committed bandwidth levels rather than dropping excess data.
  •  Point-to-point, multi-point, flat-rate, or usage-based.
  •  Pass any protocol data, including routing, Ethernet 802.1q VLAN tags, multicasting, spanning trees, and anything else required to support your applications with no limitations on network topology.
  •  Private, 10 Gbps Wavelengths Available, Protected or unprotected.
  •  Custom private dark fiber and WAN solutions available between your site and our data centers.

Converged MPLS is when voice, data, and MPLS are run over the same circuits. Running them over the same circuits allows for greater burstable bandwidth and increased redundancy.

Packet-switched connection allows small units of data, called packets, to be sent and received through a connectionless network. Most internet traffic is connectionless.

A point-to-point line configuration is when there is a dedicated link for data to travel between one transmitter and one recipient.

Multicasting is an efficient way to send data to multiple recipients at once. It splits a single transmission between users, using less bandwidth than sending individual copies of the data.

A multi-point line configuration is when there is a shared link for data to travel between one transmitter and multiple recipients.