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QKD over 5GUK

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High Performance Network Group explaining the QKD metro network

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11 September 2019

Demonstrating the ability of the University of Bristol's 5GUK Test Network to host a quantum key distribution (QKD) secured network.

Researchers from Quantum Engineering Technology Labs and the High Performance Network Group of Smart Internet Lab launched QKD over 5GUK on 03 September 2019.

The event marked a demonstration of the first 5GUK Test Network secured by dynamic quantum key distribution (QKD), sharing keys over end-to-end core, metro and access networks. 

QKD allows a new approach to symmetric encryption by enabling users to generate shared, truly random symmetric keys from different locations on a network. It is a proven concept that is being advanced by the EPSRC funded UK Quantum Communications Hub to a commercialisation-ready stage. 

The combined effort of the QKD over 5GUK launch contributes Quantum Communications Hub which is a partnership of eight UK Universities, numerous private sector companies, and public sector bodies collaborating to exploit quantum physics to develop secure communications technologies and services.

For links to the presentations and event video, visit the QET Labs webpage.


Further information

5GUK Test Networks is an exciting initiative funded by the UK Government’s Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in an effort to create  a world-class 5G technology Test Network that places Britain at the forefront of the next wave of mobile technology, adding up to £173 billion to the economy by 2030.

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