IP Telecom taps Nokia for quantum-safe DCI

Created January 19, 2022
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Nokia says it will supply Portuguese operator IP Telecom with optical networking equipment to secure the operator’s cloud connectivity between Lisbon, Porto and Viseu using Nokia’s encrypted 100Gbps optical data centre interconnect (DCI) solution.

The Nokia solution includes the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (pictured) and 1830 Photonic Service Interconnect – Modular (PSI-M) optical transport platforms and 1830 SMS secure management server. Together, these systems comprise a solution that furthers IP Telecom’s plans for network expansion in Portugal. Particularly unique to this installation, says Nokia, is the use of the 1830 SMS platform to provide key management of the encrypted optical links. This server provides a centralised, industry-certified, symmetric key management solution, delivering immediate protection against highly sophisticated brute-force attacks, including threats from emerging quantum computers. Working in concert with AES-256 encryption engines on the 1830 PSS and 1830 PSI-M, Nokia believes the solution is the strongest in the industry.

IP Telecom selected Nokia’s optical networking technologies because of its scaling capabilities in growing DCI capacity from 10Gbps through 100Gbps and 200Gbps line rates. The network will also be ready to deliver 400GE services in the future. Another critical capability is line encryption, where each wavelength is encrypted prior to transmission across the fibre optic network. This capability is increasingly essential to business and government network users as data theft has become more common. Encryption and highly secure key management ensures each end customer is protected against unauthorised data tapping in the fibre optic network.

Pedro Mendonça, IP & Telcos director at IP Telecom, said, “Nokia’s modular optical networking solution allows us to easily upgrade each customer’s cloud DCI as needed and at the same time, ease any concerns about data protection. The encryption capabilities are a differentiator for us.”

Luis Bueno, head of Enterprise for Spain and Portugal at Nokia, said, “This deal underlines Nokia’s role as a major player in the Portuguese ICT ecosystem with a growing footprint in the country. IP Telecom is a stand-out service provider in Portugal, delivering a range of services to business and government alike. We are excited that the operator has selected us to expand capacity in its cloud DCI network, connecting Portugal in an economical manner while also providing a high degree of security. This truly sets IP Telecom apart from its peers.”

For more information, visit www.nokia.com

 

 

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.