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Saturday
Nov102018

TIP launches a disaggregated cell-site gateway design 

Part 1: TIP white-box designs

Four leading telecom operators, members of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), have developed a disaggregated white-box design for cell sites. The four operators are Orange, Telefonica, TIM Brazil and Vodafone. BT is also believed to be backing the open-design cell-site venture.

 Source: ADVA

The first TIP cell-site gateway product, known as Odyssey-DCSG, is being brought to market by ADVA and Edgecore Networks.

TIP isn’t the only open design framework that is developing cell-site gateways. Edgecore Networks contributed in October a design to the Open Compute Project (OCP) that is based on an AT&T cell-site gateway specification. There are thus two overlapping open networking initiatives developing disaggregated cell-site gateways. 

ADVA and Edgecore will provide the standardised cell-site gateways as operators deploy 5G. The platforms will support either commercial cell-site gateway software or open-source code. 

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Wednesday
Aug082018

ADVA adds quantum-resistant security to its optical systems  

ADVA has demonstrated two encryption techniques for optical data transmission to counter the threat posed by quantum computing.  

“Quantum computers are very powerful tools to solve specific classes of mathematical problems,” says Jörg-Peter Elbers, senior vice president, advanced technology at ADVA. “One of these classes of problems is solving equations behind certain cryptographic schemes.”  

 

The use of three key exchange schemes over one infrastructure: classical public-key encryption using the Diffie-Hellman scheme, the quantum-resistant Neiderreiter algorithm, and a quantum-key distribution (QKD) scheme. Source: ADVA

Public-key encryption makes use of discrete logarithms, an example of a one-way function. Such functions use mathematical operations that for a conventional computer are easy to calculate in one direction but are too challenging to invert. Solving such complex mathematical problems, however, is exactly what quantum computers excel at. 

A fully-fledged quantum computer does not yet exist but the rapid progress being made in the basic technologies suggests it is only a matter of time. Once such computers exist, public key based security will be undermined. 

The looming advent of quantum computers already threatens data that must remain secure for years to come. There are agencies that specialise in tapping fibre, says Elbers, while the cost of storage is such that storing huge amounts of data traffic in a data centre is affordable. “The threat scenario is certainly a real one,” says Elbers. 

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