Ericsson has worked with Australian operator Telstra to showcase how data can be encrypted in transit at 10GBps.

The two companies used encryption technology from Ciena for the trial, which took place between Los Angeles and Melbourne.

Existing encryption solutions aim to protect data when it is “at rest”, at the start and end points of optical networks, according to Ericsson, which acted as systems integrator.

This trial aimed to demonstrate data security across large networks without increasing latency.

Darrin Webb, Executive Director of International Operations and Services, 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.”

The telcos said the demonstration built on one they conducted last year between Melbourne and Sydney.

According to Emilio Romeo, Head of Customer Unit Australia and New Zealand at Ericsson, 10GBps is “the typical speed” used today over long distances without encryption.

The two companies now plan to trial 100GBps encryption between Los Angeles and Melbourne in the first half of this year.

They cited the digitalisation of business processes and rising data consumption as reasons for why they were looking into this area.

Yesterday, Ericsson’s new CEO began his first day in the job.

Börje Ekholm has set himself the task of returning the Sweden-based vendor to profitability.

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