Quantum Network from Boston to Washington DC in the Works

In a recent article at Tech Crunch, Zack Whittaker reveals news that fiber network giant, Zayo is working with Quantum Xchange to provide 800 kilometers of the first-ever quantum networks available in the US. Spanning from Boston to Washington DC, this quantum network is scheduled to first connect Wall Street with their back office operations in New Jersey. From there, other industries like healthcare are expected to follow suit in hopes to secure communications.

Quantum cryptology has been around for years but it has been in more recent years that scientist and computer engineers see the potential and practical uses for encryption. Whittaker talks to John Prisco, CEO of Quantum Xchange who says that Europe has been successful in creating a small-scale quantum network, but brining it to the US is more difficult.

Prisco elaborated that organizations in Boston will soon have the ability to send secure communications to a colleagues in Washington DC using the technique known as quantum key distribution (QKD). Prisco went on to say, the goal is to keep using optical fiber already in the ground all over the country which eventually can serve the entire nation.  In addition, Prisco made note that it is critical to establish a QKD network as a defense mechanism before the power of quantum computing become a weapon.

Read the full article: New plans aim to deploy the first US quantum network from Boston to Washington, DC



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