Allstream Introduces Multicast Technology on its National MPLS Network

by Jeff Wiener on April 6, 2010

Allstream, an MTS Allstream company, announced last week that, as a leading provider of advanced enterprise connectivity in Canada, it is deploying Multicast technology on its national Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network which reaches more than 90% of Canadian businesses from coast to coast.

Multicast is a bandwidth-conserving technology that reduces traffic by simultaneously delivering a single stream of information to thousands of users. This new capability will allow Allstreams business customers to optimize network performance and efficiently deploy and scale distributed group applications such as distance learning and videoconferencing.

We are very pleased to announce this new capability on our national MPLS network, said Dean Prevost, President, Allstream. Multicast technology will make it much more convenient for business customers to transmit value-added services that leverage their current infrastructure and help increase the efficiency of their network.

Multicast applications include:
– Webcast streaming video – streaming video from single source to many
– Push Media – delivering information such as weather and news to many
– Interactive distance training – instructor-led video based training
– Collaboration – shared document editing

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