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About This Network Configuration Example

 

This network configuration example provides an overview of support for multiple instances of the Label Distribution Protocol (LDP). This support allows LDP to be used to advertise labels in a carrier-of-carriers scenario from a core provider edge (PE) router to a customer carrier edge (CE) router. This is especially useful when the carrier customer is a basic Internet service provider (ISP) and wants to restrict full Internet routes to its PE routers. By using LDP instead of BGP, the carrier customer shields its other internal routers from the Internet at large. Multiple-instance LDP is also useful when a carrier customer wants to provide Layer 2 VPN or Layer 3 VPN services to its customers.