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ETSI makes new progress on quantum-safe security standards

IDQ is delighted to share the progress made on the standardization of Quantum-Safe Security (QSS) within ETSI. IDQ continues to actively participate in the Industry Specification Group (ISG) on Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) and in the Quantum-Safe Cryptography (QSC) Working Group.

The aim of these groups is to prepare a smooth transition of legacy data security to become resistant to quantum computing threats. IDQ’s QKD systems (XG series) are fully embracing the Software-Defined Network (SDN) paradigm, that controls and manages quantum communications across multi vendors QKD networks.

IDQ is happy to announce that its systems already support the recently published SDN Orchestration Interface (ETSI GS QKD 018) delegating the control and the management of quantum communications to an external standardized orchestrator. The implementation of the SDN Control Interface (ETSI GS QKD 015) is currently in progress, allowing the configuration of software-defined QKD networks.
Within an openness mindset and in order to facilitate integration with other companies, IDQ is also actively involved in the Interoperable Key Management Interface (ETSI GS QKD 020 draft) offering bilateral key exchange across different equipment vendors.

IDQ has been deeply involved in the development and adoption of standards for QSC and QKD within ETSI, which will enable telecommunication companies to manage quantum networks organized by multiple equipment vendors and benefiting from a full set of software solutions.

As a recent example, in December and January 2022, IDQ and SK Telecom, Korea’s leading ICT company, successfully ran demonstrations on the quantum test network of “KOREN”, a Korean national test network. The two companies are leading global standardization efforts for quantum technologies.


For details on the IDQ range of quantum-safe cryptography solutions, including quantum key generation and distribution, visit our product pages.


About ETSI

ETSI produces globally applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies, including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and Internet technologies. Officially recognized by the European Union, it boasts membership of over 800 organizations from more than 60 countries worldwide. Its standards for GSM™ DECT™ Smart Cards and electronic signatures have helped transform modern life across the globe.

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