[afnog] GPON FTTH networks (in)security

Loganaden Velvindron loganaden at gmail.com
Sun Nov 6 10:18:32 UTC 2016

On Sat, Nov 5, 2016 at 9:29 PM, Willy MANGA <mangawilly at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> Do you use GPON FTTH for your  customers ? Yes ?
> You should carefully consider this post [1] from Pierre Kim .
> This issue has been raised in France [2] but no provider want to address
> it it seems.

Hi Willy,

In my humble opinion, the infrastructure was not designed with security in mind.

That being said, I believe that this is where African ISPs could have
made a difference.

European ISPs have already invested in their FTTH infrastructure. By
contrast we are still deploying the internet in our region. Instead of
focusing so much resources on the core of the network, it makes
economical sense to also invest in the edge of the network, by
improving the security, instead of simply aiming for IPv6 deployment.

If an African country has problems accessing the internet due to
compromised Internet of Things devices, (see Liberia:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/11/04/liberia_ddos/), then investing
on securing the edge is a valid business case.

There were concerns about the compromised devices in Mauritius DDOSing
the internet at large:

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