How to compare MPLS circuit pricing & availability with Netify?

The Netify MPLS circuit comparison tool is positioned to search the market across UK, US and Global connectivity.

In this Knowledge Base article, we'll walk you through how to request your pricing and availability checks using Netify.

Step 1 - complete the MPLS provider comparison

Step 1 of the process offers the capability to compare MPLS providers vs. high-level requirements. While using the comparison tool is not necessary to request circuit pricing, you will gain an insight into which MPLS network providers are a good fit for your requirements. Once you have answered a few questions, Netify will instantly return some service providers which can be used to progress MPLS costs.

Step 2 - complete the MPLS circuit pricing request

Users are invited to add their office addresses to the Netify portal in order to request pricing and provider suitability. Our team analyses which providers are best suited to HQ, branch-office and data centre vs your specific locations. With the data on how your branch-office location is served by provider connectivity, we request 100Mbps, 1Gbps, 10Gbps, Broadband and 4G to build a report on the best possible commercials at each postcode.

MPLS WAN Pricing

The image above demonstrates how we search (in this case the UK) postcodes to ascertain MPLS circuit service provider availability. Depending on the address, circuit routing data is available to determine whether any physical infrastructure (e.g. other than Openreach) exists at your location. Note: We do not add QoS (Quality of Service) during the first pass pricing request, adding additional QoS elements post pricing is a simple process.

What types of circuits are available across 100Mbps, 1Gbps and 10Gbps?

  • Traditional any to any MPLS capability
  • Layer 2 Point to point or multipoint virtual circuits
  • Layer 2 VPLS
  • Broadband (FTTC, FTTP) into MPLS
  • 4G wireless into private MPLS central aggregation circuits
  • Cloud provider access into Microsoft Azure, AWS of Google Cloud
  • Internet breakout from a cloud location

The typical MPLS solution consists of hybrid services to meet the needs of users. Data Centres are often connected via layer 2 point to point with branch-offices and the HQ connected into MPLS.
Alongside private MPLS, users may wish to also consider SD WAN as a component of your hybrid WAN architecture. Where Software WAN is a requirement, certain vendors and providers support MPLS circuits as a component of their solution.

Step 3 - book provider capability demos

Request MPLS circuit availability and pricing is the enabler to budget setting. If your project is looking to move forward into deployment, WAN provider Zoom calls introduce you and your team to each element of the service offering from delivery and project management through to reporting and change control.

The sessions are also the enabler to understanding more detail about your requirements. In some instances, the architecture may require delivery of highly resilient and diverse circuits. With more data on needs, the team are better able to ensure the pricing encapsulates all elements of your solution. In addition to architecture, managed router service elements should be considered where required, including any additional support for complex routing or bespoke elements.

Step 4 - receive budgetary pricing

UK pricing is typically returned within a few days with global MPLS circuits often taking between 2 weeks and 6 weeks to return. In some instances, the pricing will be returned as direct from the provider, certain solutions offer channel only wholesale pricing. When dealing with wholesale pricing, Netify will typically apply 20% margin.

Step 5 - analyse the capability

Once budgets are set, there is a need to understand:

  • Support - the availability of staff to troubleshoot and monitor your MPLS circuits
  • SLA (Service Level Agreement) - uptime, latency and jitter performance
  • Delivery and project management - accreditations and delivery timescales
  • Reporting - how to monitor and report across IP packet circuit performance
  • Contractual elements - what happens if your network needs to change during the contract

In order to gain an efficient and clear understanding of each service area, we recommend using the Netify RFP approach, which is available online or using Word document content.

Further reading:

Label switched paths (LSP)