The World’s First Quantum Communication Network
Today, when it comes to high speed connection, fiber optic cables come to mind. However, studies continue for alternative solutions such as Elon Musk‘s StarLink project. China has taken an exciting step in this regard with the world’s first quantum communication network.
Chinese scientists will provide quantum key distribution at a total distance of 4,600 kilometers for users across the country. He built the world’s first integrated quantum communications network, combining more than 700 fiber optics with a two-location satellite link.
The team, led by Jianwei Pan, Yuao Chen and Chengzhi Peng of the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, China, notes that this technology, unlike traditional encryption, is not hackable.
In this context, considering it as the future of secure information transfer for banks, electricity networks and other sectors wouldn’t be wrong. The essence of quantum communication is quantum key distribution. It uses quantum states of particles to create sequences of 0’s and 1’s.
This sequence or key changes in any listening / intervention attempt, so immediately, it is noticed. China’s communication network is ready to serve more than 150 industrial users across China, including state, local banks and government websites.
Similarly, according to the statements, a global communication network is available to establish if; national quantum networks from different countries get together for the security of important institutions and organizations.