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Demo achieves in-transit data encryption over 10Gbps international link

Tue 17 Jan 2017

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Telco giants Ericsson and Telstra have teamed up to successfully demonstrate secure end-to-end encryption over a 10 gigabit per second (Gbps) international link between Los Angeles and Melbourne.

Currently, encryption solutions are available to protect data ‘at rest’ (at the start and end points), but advanced security measures can falter when data is in transit. Ericsson and Telstra have now demonstrated that effective encryption can be delivered while data is being transmitted beyond the walls of the data centre and across wide-spanning networks, without compromising performance.

The demo used an ultra-low latency 10G wire-speed encryption solution from network strategy firm Ciena to achieve the results.

An Ericsson press release referred to the growing importance of keeping data secure at both the application and network layers without impacting integrity or latency, as more and more business processes are digitised.

Speaking on the encryption breakthrough, Darian Webb, executive director of International Operations and Services at Telstra said: “The outcome of this test shows that data can now be encrypted while in transit across a long distance, while maintaining the speed and reliability our customers have come to expect from our international network. We will continue to work with Ericsson and Ciena to take this trial to the next level with a 100Gbps encryption test.”

Last year, it was announced that Telstra and Ericsson had successfully used Ciena’s technology to deliver in-transit encryption over a 200Gbps link between Sydney and Melbourne.

Emilio Romeo, head of Ericsson’s customer unit Australia and New Zealand explained how the new demonstration extends this distance, from Melbourne to Los Angeles – “with data in transit encryption at 10Gbps, which is the typical speed used today over these distances without encryption.”

Romeo added: “Ericsson brings our optical network systems expertise to progress these tests and support Telstra’s path toward commercialization of this enhanced security capability.”

It is expected that Ericsson and Telstra will next trial 100Gbps optical encryption between Los Angeles and Melbourne over the coming months.

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