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Multiprotocol Over ATM

(also MPOA)

Multiprotocol Over ATM definition

Multiprotocol Over ATM allows various network protocols to transmit over Asynchronous Transfer Mode networks, combining ATM's speed and quality with the versatility of protocols like IP. It establishes logical connections for the fast transfer of diverse data types, facilitating seamless integration across different network architectures.

See also: Multiprotocol label switching

History of Multiprotocol Over ATM

Multiprotocol Over ATM emerged in the early 1990s, aiming to integrate the speed and quality of service of Asynchronous Transfer Mode with various network protocols like IP. Developed by the ATM Forum, MPOA allowed for seamless multiprotocol traffic over ATM networks, essential in enterprise and carrier environments.

As network architectures evolved, so did MPOA, ensuring ATM's relevance in large-scale, diverse networks. It paved the way for advanced network technologies, adapting to the shift towards IP-centric systems.

Use cases of Multiprotocol Over ATM

  1. 1.Enterprise networking. MPOA is used in large enterprises to integrate various LANs and WANs over a high-speed ATM backbone. It enables the consolidation of network resources.
  2. 2.Telecommunications networks. Telecom operators employ MPOA to deliver multiple types of services, such as voice, video, and data, over a single ATM network.
  3. 3.Internet Service Provision. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) use MPOA to manage the traffic of different protocols coming from various customers over a unified ATM network.