Quantum network starts in Portugal! 6.8 million euros

Deepak Gupta August 14, 2022
Updated 2022/08/14 at 4:19 PM

The 1st segment of the European quantum communication network in Portugal, called PTQCI, was awarded (on July 15) by the European Commission to a consortium that has the collaboration of several Portuguese companies.

The objective is to implement the first ultra-secure quantum communication infrastructure at national level.

First ultra-secure quantum communication infrastructure at national level starts in Portugal

The consortium is led by Deimos Engenharia, with the collaboration of the National Security Office, IP Telecom, Altice Labs, the Telecommunications Institute and the Systems and Computer Engineering Institute - Research and Development. Adyta, Instituto Superior Técnico, Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, Warpcom, Omnidea, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa, Instituto Português da Qualidade and Portuguese Quantum Institute also participate in the consortium.

The objective is to implement the first ultra-secure quantum communication infrastructure at national level, through terrestrial connections, but also to prepare the spatial connection, using technologies such as Quantum Cryptographic Key Distribution (QKD).

Quantum network starts in Portugal!  6.8 million euros

The project in question is based on Discretion, another project started in December 2021 that also provides for the development of quantum communications for the Portuguese Defense authorities. Discretion is already in an implementation phase on fiber optic infrastructure in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, interconnecting public bodies and a network of test benches, including academia and interested companies, reveals DinheiroVivo.

The PTQCI will start in 2023, with the design of the implementation phases. The standards and integration of what Discretion is are planned for 2024. And in the following year, the implementation of functional and security tests begins. The implementation phase of the unprecedented infrastructure will take place in 2026.

Future quantum communication networks will be able to interconnect different types of quantum systems, each capable of receiving, storing, processing and sending quantum information.

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