All China Telecom Backbone Networks Now Meeting MANRS Security Standards

Another China Telecom backbone network, namely AS4809, has met the community-led routing security standards of MANRS (the Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security). After MANRS accepted three other major China Telecom networks in December 2020, now all of China Telecom’s backbone networks have successfully implemented the routing security best practices of MANRS.

The Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) is a global initiative, supported by the Internet Society. Their aim is to work with operators, enterprises, and policymakers to enhance routing security and implement crucial fixes needed to reduce the most common routing threats.

China Telecom’s four networks accepted by MANRS to date include AS4134, AS4809, AS23764, and AS36678.

About the MANRS Routing Security Standards

Photo Dr. Joseph Lorenzo Hall
“MANRS worked closely with China Telecom engineers for over a year to implement the MANRS actions,” said Dr. Joseph Lorenzo Hall, SVP Strong Internet at the Internet Society.

The MANRS initiative was created in 2014 by an international group of network operators. These routing security standards are now adopted by a rapidly growing community of more than 500 network operators, Internet exchange points, content delivery networks (CDNs) and cloud providers from over 60 countries across all continents.

By joining MANRS, China Telecom has joined a global community of security-minded organizations committed to making the global network routing infrastructure more robust and secure.

“MANRS worked closely with China Telecom engineers for over a year to implement the MANRS actions,” said Dr. Joseph Lorenzo Hall, Senior Vice President – Strong Internet, at the Internet Society. “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. It collaborated with the MANRS team to implement the best network routing security standards on all of its major Internet networks. With its dedicated systems and network-wide routing policy optimization, China Telecom aims to prevent any route leaks, hijacks, bogon AS and bogon prefixes.

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