Monday, May 6, 2024

Toshiba and PacketLight demo QKD over DWDM

PacketLight Networks and Toshiba Digital Solutions demonstrated quantum key distribution (QKD) over DWDM.

 The demonstration, which featured the integration of Toshiba’s QKD solution with PacketLight’s OTN encrypted transport solutions, was led by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) of Japan at the Sapporo Snow Festival and the Okinawa testbeds respectively held in February.

PacketLight and Toshiba teams validated the compatibility of quantum communication systems with optical networking infrastructure through a detailed series of successful evaluations that delivered QKD alongside a high number of conventional DWDM data signals, and demonstrated quantum secure data transmission with QKD encryption.

The validation was conducted over two types of QKD networks in Japan: a long-haul link in Okinawa and a multiplexed QKD link in Sapporo. 

Toshiba’s long-haul QKD system in Okinawa utilized PacketLight’s PL-4000M Muxponder to transmit two 200G wavelengths over a 74-km link with the Quantum channel running over 1550 nm. The link performance was measured using a 100G tester, showing 100% throughput and low latency, in compliance with RFC2544 standard.

Toshiba’s multiplexed QKD system in Sapporo utilized PacketLight’s PL-4000M Muxponder to transmit a 400G wavelength, with the Quantum channel running over 1310 nm.

PacketLight and Toshiba demonstrate that QKD-secured signals can share the same space as classical data transmissions on the same fiber network, and show how QKD technology can be easily deployed on today’s existing networks without the need for a separate fiber. Using QKD on existing fiber networks provides significant cost savings and increases deployment speed as it removes the need to use dedicated fiber for QKD transmission. 

"We are thrilled that the trial with PacketLight was successful,” said Shinya Murai, Senior Fellow, QKD Business Development Office, Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation. “Toshiba has been at the forefront of quantum computing technology since 1999. We’ve achieved a series of world firsts in quantum technology deployment, developing quantum-secure and future-proof network communications infrastructures that can protect data from any threat – even those posed by quantum computers. This trial has verified that our technology work when connected to PacketLight's equipment, making it accessible to a broader customer base. We will continue to work together with our partners to provide solutions for quantum safe communications."

"The integration of Toshiba's QKD technology with PacketLight's DWDM/OTN devices paves the way for enhanced secure data transmission," said Koby Reshef, CEO of PacketLight. "We take pride in our involvement in this cooperation and eagerly anticipate the market’s response to the new opportunities it presents."


DZS to acquire NetComm Wireless from Casa Systems

DZS agreed to acquire NetComm Wireless Pty Ltd. (NetComm), an Australian supplier of access systems that operates as a subsidiary of Casa Systems. NetComm has approximately 50 active communications service provider (CSP) and enterprise customers in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Financial terms were not disclosed.

NetComm’s Product Portfolio:

  • Fiber Extension: Delivers fiber-equivalent gigabit broadband speeds leveraging Gfast technology over copper and coaxial cable
  • Fixed Wireless Access (FWA): Provides fiber-equivalent gigabit broadband via 4G/5G millimeter wave technology
  • Home Broadband: Enables WiFi 6/6E/7 in-home coverage at gigabit broadband speeds
  • Industrial IoT: Delivers networking connectivity leveraging 4G/5G wireless and WiFi technologies

Among active NetComm customers are numerous large scale CSPs such as UScellular (the fourth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States), Bell Canada (Canada’s largest telecom company), Vodafone (one of the world’s largest telecom operators), Telstra (Australia’s largest telecom company), Aussie Broadband (Australia’s fourth-largest ISP) and More Telecom (fast-growing Australian ISP), all of which have been previously disclosed.

“NetComm’s cutting-edge fixed and mobile subscriber access technologies and marquee customers spanning Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe will bolster DZS’ broadband networking and cloud software portfolio,” said Steve Collins, CEO, NetComm. “Getting to know Charlie, his team and the DZS products and customers has assured us that the combination of technology, culture, customers, suppliers and employees is an ideal fit to continue the innovation and product excellence NetComm has cultivated over the last 40 years.”

  • In 2019, Casa Systems acquired 100% of the equity shares in NetComm in a deal valued at A$161 million.
  • In April, citing "a significant decline in revenue and profits due in large part to industry-wide downward capital investment and procurement trends in the cable and telco markets," Casa Systems filed  voluntary petitions for debt relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. 

Anetac emerges from stealth with Identity and Security Platform

Anetac, a start-up based in Los Altos, California, emerged from stealth to unveil its Dynamic Identity and Security Platform for protecting companies from blind spots of service accounts in hybrid environments. The company also announced a funding investment totaling $16 million.

Anetac says its Dynamic Identity and Security Platform addresses the problem of unmonitored or poorly monitored service accounts, tokens, API, and Access Keys. According to Anetac research data, service accounts outnumber user accounts by 30-45 times. Unlike static scanning tools, Anetac’s solution offers real-time streaming and visibility into service account access chains, protocols, security hygiene, privilege escalations, and indicators of attack and compromise, enabling security teams to quickly identify and remediate vulnerabilities before malicious actors can exploit them.


  • Real-time streaming visibility of non-human and shared-use service accounts reducing blind spots and improving security hygiene - in a recent retail organization’s deployment, we discovered that 20% of provisioned accounts had never been used, 55% of all accounts were disabled, 30% had passwords over a year old, and hundreds of passwords  that were over 5 years old
  • Mapping of access chains illuminating complex chains between service accounts, critical resources, business applications, and processes
  • Automated behavioral analysis combined with time-series data detecting unusual activity and expediting discovery and incident response time 
  • Dynamically reducing attack surface by continuously mapping and reinforcing the organizations' security posture 

“This is a problem for every organization, in every industry. In today’s rapidly evolving threat landscape, we must acknowledge that the soft underbelly of any organization lies in its ability to monitor and secure dynamic and ever-changing environments with real-time security measures. It’s imperative to recognize that virtually every breach over the past decade has been exploited via service accounts,” said Tim Eades, CEO and co-founder of Anetac. “It’s staggering to discover the extent of poor security hygiene amongst service accounts. With our new platform, available today, we will proactively solve the disconnect of static scanning tools with an innovative, streaming approach that dynamically addresses identity problems and improves organizations’ security posture.”

The funding round was led by Liberty Global with support from Shield Capital and GP Ventures.


Lumentum posts flat revenues and it looks to cloud data center optics

 Lumentum reported revenue of $366.5 million for its fiscal third quarter ended March 30, 2024, with GAAP net loss of $127.0 million, or $1.88 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income for the fiscal third quarter of 2024 was $19.6 million, or $0.29 per diluted share.  For comparison, net revenue for the fiscal second quarter of 2024 was $366.8 million, with GAAP net loss of $99.1 million, or $1.47 per diluted share. Net revenue for the fiscal third quarter of 2023 was $383.4 million, with GAAP net loss of $39.3 million, or $0.57 per diluted share.

“Lumentum is well-positioned to capitalize on surging cloud data center demand driven by the exponentially increasing requirements of artificial intelligence,” said Alan Lowe, President and CEO. “We are making significant strides in developing new products and customer programs, and expanding production capacity to capitalize on exciting opportunities that we expect will meaningfully increase calendar 2025 revenue and beyond.”

EKINOPS signs optical distribution deal with EUVIC of Poland

EKINOPS announced a distribution partnership with EUVIC, which offers a range of ICT, security and IP communications technologies for its home market of Poland.

Through this partnership, EUVIC can now offer the Ekinops360 portfolio of open and fully interoperable optical transport solutions including Core, Aggregation, and Central Office (street cabinet). The portfolio is further enhanced by the Celestis NMS management system to provide flexibility, ease-of-use and fast deployment. Ekinops proven expertise in high capacity transmission over simple fiber will help customers across Poland to optimize their operational expenditure (OPEX)  while significantly increase the capacity of their links.

Commenting on this partnership, Andrzej Kudra, Vice President of EUVIC said: "Service providers are constantly assessing their network capacity to stay ahead of the competition in this rapidly changing digital ecosystem. With the market-proven Ekinops360 optical transport solutions and Ekinops' team of experts on hand, we are confident that we can help our customers modernize their networks."  

"Our partnership with EUVIC marks yet another milestone for our growth in Eastern Europe. Ekinops' strong expertise in optical transport solutions enables EUVIC to efficiently address the technical and budgetary needs of its customer base," added Frank Dedobbeleer, Chief Revenue Officer, EMEA & APAC at Ekinops. "We are also excited to work with EUVIC in supporting its customers to achieve market differentiation through our dynamic edge and optical transport solutions."

Adtran reports Q1 revenue of $226 million

Adtran reported Q1 revenue of $226.2 million, down from $324 million for the same period last year.  Non-GAAP net loss attributable to the company for the first quarter of 2024 was $1.7 million. Non-GAAP diluted loss per share attributable to the Company for the first quarter was $0.02.

ADTRAN Holdings’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Stanton stated, "First quarter revenue and profitability came in as expected, with the weakness still impacting our results. However, we were pleased with the continued momentum in our customer win rate which was bolstered by the ongoing expansion of our Mosaic One platform. As we continued to execute on our business efficiency program, we were able to reduce inventory and significantly improve our operating cashflow while maintaining our diligence in gaining market share during this pivotal time in our industry. We believe that as markets return to normal, our continued focus on these measures, will lead to sustainable margin expansions and shareholder value creation in the mid-term.”