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Arqit selected by UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for 5G project to provide security by default

By IQT News posted 31 Jan 2022

(FinanceYahoo) Arqit Quantum Inc has announced that it has been selected by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (“DCMS”) to develop a wideband solution for 5G cellular Open RAN platforms. Arqit will help integrate a novel quantum encryption service for a project in partnership with DCMS, which will enable security by default. As a result, communications links will be secure against any network device against future forms of attack, including from a quantum computer.
Funded as part of the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport and the Future RAN Competition (FRANC), the project, in which Arqit is a partner, aims to democratise radio access networks (RANs) in order to end vendor lock-in and improve flexibility, affordability, and interoperability – all key to the UK Government’s recently-announced plan to see 35 per cent of UK cellular traffic carried over Open RAN architectures by 2030.
The project will see Arqit, working alongside other partners to secure a new wideband solution for 5G cellular Open RAN platforms. Additionally, Arqit will incorporate its QuantumCloud™ platform, which will enable security by design, making the security of 5G unbreakable even by a quantum computer.

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