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This draft is a work item of the Multiprotocol Label Switching Working Group of the IETF.

	Title		: OAM Requirements for MPLS Networks
	Author(s)	: T. Nadeau et al.
	Filename	: draft-ietf-mpls-oam-requirements-00.txt
	Pages		: 11
	Date		: 2003-4-18
	
As transport of diverse traffic types such as voice, frame
relay, and ATM over MPLS become more common, the ability to detect,
handle and diagnose control and data plane defects becomes critical.
Detection and specification of how to handle those defects is not
only important because such defects may not only affect the
fundamental operation of an MPLS network, but also because they
may impact SLA commitments for customers of that network.
This Internet draft describes requirements for user and data
plane operations and management (OAM) for Multi-Protocol
Label Switching (MPLS). These requirements have been gathered
from network operators who have extensive experience deploying
PLS networks, similarly some of these requirements have
appeared in other documents [Y1710]. This draft specifies OAM
requirements for MPLS, as well as for applications of MPLS such
as pseudowire voice and VPN services. Those interested in specific
issues relating to instrumenting MPLS for OAM purposes are directed
to [FRAMEWORK]

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