Ericsson, Telstra and Ciena demo in-transit encryption at 10 Gbps from Melbourne to LA

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Ericsson and Telstra say they have successfully demonstrated the ability to encrypt data securely while in transit between Los Angeles and Melbourne at 10 Gbps, using Ciena’s ultra-low latency 10G wire-speed encryption solution.

While encryption solutions exist today to protect data when it is ‘at rest’ (at the start and end points), this trial demonstrates the advanced security that can be delivered while data is ‘in transit’ (that is, being transmitted beyond the walls of a datacenter across large networks), without any impact to performance.

With the digitalization of business processes and data consumption rising at a rapid rate, the need to keep data secure without compromising integrity or increasing latency is essential at both the application and network layers, said Darrin Webb, executive director of International Operations and Services at Telstra.

“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,” Webb said.

Webb added that Telstra, Ericsson and Ciena will take the trial to the next level with a 100Gbps encryption test between Los Angeles and Melbourne in the first half of 2017.

Emilio Romeo, head of Customer Unit Australia and New Zealand at Ericsson, said, “This time last year Telstra and Ericsson achieved an encryption trial between Melbourne and Sydney. We have now extended the 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.”

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