All China Telecom Backbone Networks Accepted By MANRS Routing Security Best Practices Implemented throughout China Telecom's Core Networks

WASHINGTONJune 1, 2021 — The Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) officially announced that another China Telecom backbone network, AS4809, met its community-led routing security standards. MANRS accepted three other major China Telecom networks in December 2020. This announcement means that all of China Telecom’s backbone networks successfully implemented the routing security best practices of MANRS.

MANRS is a global initiative, supported by the Internet Society, to work with operators, enterprises, and policymakers to implement crucial fixes needed to reduce the most common routing threats. The MANRS initiative was created in 2014 by an international group of network operators. It is now adopted by a rapidly growing community of more than 500 network operators, Internet exchange points, content delivery networks and cloud providers from over 60 countries across all continents. By joining MANRS, China Telecom joined a global community of security-minded organizations committed to making the global routing infrastructure more robust and secure.

Remarking about China Telecom’s successful MANRS implementation last December, Dr. Joseph Lorenzo Hall, Senior Vice President – Strong Internet, at the Internet Society said: “MANRS worked closely with China Telecom engineers for over a year to implement the MANRS actions. The assessment of China Telecom’s networks has been thorough and deliberate, and we were impressed by their commitment to routing security and effectiveness in implementation.”

China Telecom began the process of joining MANRS several years ago and collaborated with the MANRS team to implement the best routing security standards on all of its major Internet networks. With its dedicated systems and network-wide routing policy optimization, China Telecom strives to prevent any route leaks, hijacks, bogon AS and bogon prefixes.

The four China Telecom networks accepted by MANRS to date are AS4134, AS4809, AS23764 and AS36678.

China Telecom (Americas) Corporation (www.ctamericas.com) President, Steven Xu Tan, said: “We deeply appreciate the efforts made by the MANRS community to advance better routing security. We are committed to playing an active role in this community and help more network operators adopt the same best practices.”

Contact: geyu@ctamericas.com

China Telecom Joins MANRS Routing Security Best Practices Implemented Across Its Major Networks

WASHINGTONDec. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) officially accepted China Telecom as a participant in the network operator program, announcing that three of China Telecom’s major networks have met its community-led routing security standards.

“Through its efforts to join the MANRS initiative, China Telecom sets a positive example for other large operators who may be considering better routing security measures. MANRS worked closely with China Telecom engineers for over a year to implement the MANRS actions. The assessment of China Telecom’s networks has been thorough and deliberate, and we were impressed by their commitment to routing security and effectiveness in implementation.” –Joseph Lorenzo Hall Senior Vice President, Strong Internet Internet Society

By joining MANRS, China Telecom joins a global community of security-minded organizations committed to making the global routing infrastructure more robust and secure. Supported by the Internet Society, the MANRS initiative was created in 2014 by an international group of network operators. It is now adopted by a rapidly growing community of network operators, Internet exchange points, content delivery networks and cloud providers as the way forward to reduce the most common routing threats.

“Routing security events can critically disrupt the security and resilience of the global Internet and major global network operators continue to face challenges in mitigating these technical security issues – such as BGP route leaks and route hijacking. Through its efforts to join the MANRS initiative, China Telecom sets a positive example for other large operators who may be considering better routing security measures. MANRS worked closely with China Telecom engineers for over a year to implement the MANRS actions. The assessment of China Telecom’s networks has been thorough and deliberate, and we were impressed by their commitment to routing security and effectiveness in implementation. These efforts have paid off as we see a significant reduction of misrouting incidents on these networks in recent months,” says Joseph Lorenzo Hall, Senior Vice President, Strong Internet, Internet Society.

China Telecom began the process of joining MANRS several years ago. The company invested in dedicated systems to monitor route leaks, hijacks, bogon AS and bogon prefixes, and implemented network-wide routing policy optimization. Furthermore, besides Internet Routing Registry (IRR) based filtering, China Telecom has started to drop all Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) invalid route announcements from its EBGP customers on these networks.

“It is a tremendous honor to be accepted into the MANRS community. Even though internally it is always clear to us that we are committed to providing the most secure and reliable networks for our customers, joining MANRS is an unequivocal demonstration to the outside world of that commitment”, said Xu Tan, President of China Telecom (Americas) Corporation (CTA). “I am particularly proud of the role CTA played in the process,” he added, “our presence and outreach in the U.S. created the conduit that connects the rest of the China Telecom to many of these international best practices.”

The three networks that are accepted today are AS4134, China Telecom’s main backbone network, China Telecom (Global)’s AS23764, and China Telecom (Americas)’s AS36678.

The remainder of China Telecom’s backbone networks, AS4809, is in the implementation process and expected to meet the same standards in 2021.

SOURCE China Telecom Americas