PacketLight and ID Quantique Announce Successful Integration of Quantum Key Distribution

PacketLight enhances data security with quantum key exchange technology

Tel Aviv and Geneva September 6, 2023 - PacketLight, a leading provider of DWDM and OTN equipment and ID Quantique (IDQ), worldwide leader in Quantum-Safe security solutions, today announced joint solutions that will offer quantum-safe security to customers who transfer sensitive data and require ultra-secure encryption over their network.

In today's interconnected world, data security is a top concern for individuals, businesses, and governments alike. The growing sophistication of cyber threats and the development of quantum computers will put optical networks at risk, requiring an increase in security and strengthening of key exchange methods.

Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) technology relies on quantum physics to secure the distribution of symmetric encryption keys between two parties. The successful integration of IDQ’s 4th generation of quantum key distribution (QKD) solutions with PacketLight's DWDM & OTN encrypted transport delivers a highly secure quantum-safe encrypted optical network. IDQ’s QKD enhances PacketLight’s Layer-1 Encryption solutions, ensuring the impervious transmission of sensitive data, immune to attempts at spying and hacking.

Combining IDQ’s QKD with PacketLight network encryption equipment enables the retrofit and upgrade of existing fiber optic telecommunication infrastructures, offering a higher level of security to financial institutions, government institutes and enterprises wanting to secure their sensitive data; making them quantum-safe for the long term.

Koby Reshef, CEO of PacketLight: "The convergence of IDQ technology and PacketLight's DWDM/OTN devices advances the security of data transmission by enhancing our Layer-1 encryption solutions. We are proud of this cooperation, and eagerly anticipate the opportunities it will unveil in the market."

Gregoire Ribordy, CEO of ID Quantique: "As the day of Quantum Computing breaking public-key cryptography is approaching, it is increasingly important to make current networks quantum-safe. We are extremely happy to join forces with PacketLight to provide a higher level of security to their customers.”

Rigorous testing protocols were conducted to guarantee optimal performance, stability, and reliability of the integrated solution. This successful integration marks a significant leap forward in advancing quantum communication. It underscores the feasibility of combining quantum communication solutions with optical networking infrastructure, opening new horizons for secure and efficient data transmission with a strong emphasis on simplicity and scalability.

PacketLight’s firmware also supports IDQ’s Clarion KX Quantum-Key Management System. It is a central piece of software that enables the extension of QKD technology beyond point-to-point topology, to build QKD networks that ensure long-distance reach of the Quantum keys.

About IDQ
Founded in 2001 as a spin-off of the Group of Applied Physics of the University of Geneva, ID Quantique is the world leader in quantum-safe crypto solutions, designed to protect data for the future. The company provides quantum-safe network encryption, secure quantum key generation and Quantum Key Distribution solutions and services to the financial industry, enterprises, and government organizations globally. IDQ’s quantum random number generator has been validated according to global standards and independent agencies and is the reference in highly regulated and mission-critical industries such as security, encryption, critical infrastructure and IoT – where trust is paramount.
Additionally, IDQ is a leading provider of optical instrumentation products, most notably photon counters and related electronics. The company’s innovative photonic solutions are used in both commercial and research applications. IDQ’s products are used by government, enterprise, and academic customers in more than 60 countries and on every continent. IDQ is proud of its independence and neutrality and believes in establishing long-term, trusted relationships with its customers and partners.
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About PacketLight
PacketLight leverages more than 20 years of fiber optic networking experience to deliver carrier-grade, DWDM and OTN equipment, which provide the entire fiber optical layer transport solution and reduce CAPEX and OPEX. PacketLight solutions allow carriers, data centers, enterprises, content providers, dark fiber providers, universities, and governments and defense organizations to meet high-capacity data delivery demands with exceptional service.
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