BT announced today that it has built the UK’s first practical quantum-secured high-speed fibre network between Cambridge and the BT Labs in Adastral Park, Ipswich, in a collaborative project led by the Quantum Communications Hub, part of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme.
The partners are using equipment from ID Quantique to transmit the data encryption key using a stream of single photons across the fibre network.
ID Quantique congratulates BT for the great achievement.
“Quantum communications technologies are starting to play a significant role in securing our data and communications. They add security to both backbone and access networks, in an era where the quantum computer will render vulnerable much of today’s cryptography” declares Dr. Grégoire Ribordy, CEO and co-Founder of IDQ. “We are proud to work with British Telecom; this is a key achievement for both our companies.”
BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services. BT consists of four customer-facing units: Consumer, Enterprise, Global Services and Openreach.
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