Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, like many telecom network operators around the world, has been steadily increasing its exploration of quantum technologies. DT recently took its interest to a new level with the opening of a “Quantum Lab” at its T-Labs location in Berlin.
The new facility is dedicated to quantum research and the integration of quantum technology into commercial telecommunications networks, the company said, as it looks to develop its quantum communication capabilities, as well as more performant communication networks. Quantum entanglement and its implications for post-quantum security, communications, improved latency, and a sensor-based “quantum internet of things” will be a specific area of study
The new lab has space and infrastructure for quantum-optical experiments, and is connected to more than 2,000 km of fiber optical network which connects to partners across Germany. The Telekom Group will cooperate with the Technical Universities of Berlin, Dresden and Munich, as well as the Fraunhofer Institut HHI and other partners from across academia and business.
“The opening of our Quantum Lab is a clear signal that we are serious about bringing quantum technology to the commercial networks of telecommunications providers,” said Claudia Nemat, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at Deutsche Telekom. “We explicitly invite the research and innovation community to join us in leveraging networks at the interface between R&D and commercial exploration like ours. To prove that innovative quantum technology solutions work under real-world conditions. And to usher in a new era of communications service.”
Along with past research by T-Lab, DT has been a key player in the European Quantum Communications Infrastructure project. Also, DT’s T-Systems subsidiary has been very involved in quantum computing research, partnering with IBM and others.
Dan O’Shea has covered telecommunications and related topics including semiconductors, sensors, retail systems, digital payments and quantum computing/technology for over 25 years