Multi Service Port (MSP)

All light paths on one connection

A Multi Service Port (MSP) is a connection to the SURFnet network that enables you to set up multiple light paths simultaneously. You can distribute the bandwidth over the light paths, maximising the flexibility and efficiency of the available bandwidth.

Multiple light paths on a single network connection

A Multi Service Port (MSP) is a SURFnet network connection on which you can use multiple light paths simultaneously. These lights paths are distributed over the available bandwidth, allowing you to make efficient use of the port. For example, if you have a 10 Gbit/s Multi Service Port you can connect several 1 Gbit/s light paths to other institutions and a light path to a cloud provider. You can receive up to ten light paths via a Multi Service Port.

Access dislocations and link them to cloud providers

New light paths can easily be added to a Multi Service Port without the need to install additional hardware. A Multi Service Port is ideal for setting up light paths for accessing dislocations, for instance, or linking them with cloud providers.

Advantages of a Multi Service Port

A Multi Service Port offers the following advantages:

  • No new hardware needs to be installed when connecting a new light path.
  • Bandwidth limits can be adjusted for each service, allowing efficient use of the port.
  • On an MSP, infrastructure managers can use the SURFnet Network Dashboard to set up their own light paths to another MSP in a just a few minutes, without SURFnet needing to be involved.

Features of a Multi Service Port

Tagged traffic

A Multi Service Port is open only to tagged traffic. These tags serve to identify the various services via VLAN.


In principle, light paths operating via a Multi Service Port are protected, with a second, protective path available in the event of a malfunction. In order to set up redundant light paths with a Multi Service Port, you can either acquire a second Multi Service Port or make an inexpensive upgrade to the Redundant Multi Service Port. A Redundant Multi Service Port provides 2 ports that are copies of each other: the active connections are made through port 1, while the accompanying back-up connections are automatically set up on port 2. This enables redundant light paths to be created, providing extra reliability.

Who are Multi Service Ports for?

Some examples of persons or organisations that can benefit from Multi Service Ports:

  • Researchers looking to set up fast and flexible data connections with other researchers or instrument providers.
  • ICT departments looking to provide efficient access to dislocation systems.
  • ICT departments looking to provide access to housing locations at other institutions.
  • ICT departments looking to purchase services via light paths from cloud providers.

Rates 2019

(per month, excluding VAT) 

  • Multi Service Port 1 Gbit/s: EUR 708
  • Multi Service Port 10 Gbit/s: EUR 1,697
  • Redundant Multi Service Port 1Gbit/s: EUR 744
  • Redundant Multi Service Port 10 Gbit/s: EUR 1,788

Requesting a Multi Service Port

If you would like to request a Multi Service Port, please contact SURFnet Customer Support, via

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Latest modifications 25 Nov 2018