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Building MPLS-Based Broadband Access VPNs by Kumar Reddy

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Chapter 1. Introduction: Broadband Access and Virtual Private Networks

In this chapter, you learn about the following topics:

  • Broadband Networks and Operators

  • Service Models: Who Buys What

  • IP Virtual Private Networks for Broadband

  • A Simplified Framework for Broadband VPN

After a slow start, the massive deployment of broadband is finally starting to have an aura of inevitability around it. Some statistics demonstrate how quickly this is happening. According to the DSL Forum (http://www.dslforum.org), there were 63.8 million digital subscriber line (DSL) subscribers worldwide in March 2004, 8 million of which had been added in the previous 6 months! That is a rate of over 44,000 new customers per day for DSL alone. Add in other broadband technologies, ...

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