Thales, Alcatel Encrypt DWDM Wavelengths for High Bandwidth Applications

Thales and Alcatel (Paris:CGEP.PA) (NYSE:ALA) today announced a major breakthrough in the security of DWDM wavelengths for financial and government applications. The Thales SONET Datacryptor(R) has successfully demonstrated encryption of an aggregate SONET signal generated by an Alcatel 1677 SL provisioned with optional Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) modules and Erbium Doped Fiber Amplifiers (EDFA). In addition to providing DWDM-based encryption, this testing validates that the Thales SONET Datacryptor does not introduce significant delays or impairments when used with ITU optics for SONET protection schemes, including Linear, Unidirectional Path-Switched Ring, and Bidirectional Line-Switched Ring.

DWDM technology allows network operators to increase the capacity of their existing fiber networks while avoiding costly installation of additional fiber infrastructure. EDFAs allow operators to extend the reach of their DWDM signals without the need for numerous, costly regeneration sites. As demand within the financial and government sector for high capacity transmission increases, this testing validates that the Thales SONET Datacryptor and the Alcatel 1677 SL, with the inclusion of DWDM optics, provides the increased capacity of DWDM while still offering secure transmission of mission-critical information.

New federal regulations mandate that large financial institutions and the U.S. Government encrypt their Wide Area Network links to improve overall security. While traditional DWDM-based encryption services have been limited to the entire fiber, Thales and Alcatel have demonstrated per-wavelength encryption. This solution allows these operators to cost effectively expand their effective bandwidth while securing their data in a more flexible and efficient manner.

“Information security, via encryption, is rapidly becoming an essential component of doing business,” said Steven Pickett, senior vice president and general manager of Alcatel’s optical networking activities in North America. “As the world leader in optical networking, Alcatel is committed to meeting the needs of our customers. By working with Thales to prove the effectiveness of the SONET Datacryptor, Alcatel continues to provide and support the latest technologies and applications required by the market.”

“Many of our customers have already deployed the Alcatel products and are continuing to add more bandwidth. By encrypting specific wavelengths, we are enabling our customers to meet their new security regulations and reduce the cost of deployment. We are pleased to work with the worldwide leader in optical networking,” said Cindy Provin, president of Thales e-Security, Inc.

The Datacryptor SONET devices are transparent to the Alcatel SONET switching equipment and offer customers easy scalability and central management. All of the Datacryptor products including the low speed link, T1/E1, T3/E3, 10/100M IP, Gigabit Ethernet and, SONET (OC-3, OC-12, OC-48, OC-192) can be managed by a single secure management application. The Element Manager is a key differentiator for the Datacryptor products.

About Datacryptor(R) products
The Datacryptor range of hardware encryptors provides strong FIPS 140-2 certified security at layer 2 and layer 3 applications including leased line links, Frame Relay, SONET, IP networks, and Ethernet links. With 3DES (168-bit) or AES (128, 192, 256-bit) algorithms built in, the Datacryptor family is designed to fulfill the requirements dictated by the new Department of Defense Directive (DoDD) 8100.2.

About Thales
Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group, serving defence, aerospace and security markets worldwide, supported by a comprehensive services offering. The group’s civil and military businesses develop in parallel to serve a single objective: the security of people, property and nations. The group employs 60,000 people and generated revenues of over $12 billion in 2005. Recent contract awards include the military’s multi-million dollar Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program award; and an award from the Defense Information System Agency (DISA) for data encryption products.

Operating in three main markets covering e-security, card payment, and network security, Thales’ e-Security activity addresses the business, government, and finance industries’ need for cryptographic security products and solutions. Over half of the world’s banks, together with the majority of the busiest exchanges, currently use Thales technology.

About Alcatel
Alcatel provides communications solutions to telecommunication carriers, Internet service providers and enterprises for delivery of voice, data and video applications to their customers or employees. Alcatel brings its leading position in fixed and mobile broadband networks, applications and services, to help its partners and customers build a user-centric broadband world. With sales of EURO 13.1 billion and 58,000 employees in 2005, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.