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EPB uses Aliro Quantum for its quantum network interfaces

By Dan O'Shea posted 28 Feb 2023

Chattanooga, Tennessee-based fiber network operator EPB, which operates one of the first commercial quantum networking services, has a new partner in the form of Aliro Quantum, which announced today that it will provide the quantum network controller and interfaces for the EPB Quantum Network built by Qubitekk.

Aliro Quantum’s AliroNet solution will provide the user interface to network customers, enabling end-users to define, validate, schedule, run and control the services they buy through the EPB network. All user data and telemetry will be securely gathered and stored to safeguard intellectual property. AliroNet also will serve as the network operator’s interface, which will allow EPB operators to manage and monitor the physical quantum network infrastructure. EPB operators will be able to define and manage quantum services offered to EPB Quantum Network customers and end-users.

Meanwhile, on the backend, AliroNet will be responsible for managing and scheduling access to the pooled quantum hardware resources, routing traffic across the quantum network, and executing the end-user service workflows.

“EPB Quantum Network will support the commercialization of quantum industry innovations and position Chattanooga for new economic, employment and technological developments,” said David Wade, EPB president and CEO. “AliroNet will provide an essential component of the network by enabling the seamless and reliable configuration, management and control to advance the acceleration of commercial quantum technologies.”

“Quantum networks require sophisticated control, management, and orchestration software to operate seamlessly and at optimum capacity,” said Jim Ricotta, CEO and Chairman of Aliro Quantum. “AliroNet will provide comprehensive quantum network control software for the end-to-end system.”

“Quantum product developers must be able to depend on reliable, predictable technology to ensure their developments will succeed when they go to market,” said Dr. Duncan Earl, Qubitekk co-founder, president and CTO. “AliroNet software along with Qubitekk hardware and embedded software technology will provide a consistent, dependable solution to help EPB Quantum Network clients integrate to the network.”

EPB Quantum Network, which EPB and Qubitekk launched last December, is a quantum-as-a-service offering that will provide quantum technologists with fiber optic infrastructure that integrates the latest foundational quantum equipment and software to accelerate their process for bringing quantum technologies and applications to market. Aliro Quantum announced the AliroNet quantum network orchestration platform last October during the IQT Fall Quantum Cybersecurity event.

Dan O’Shea has covered telecommunications and related topics including semiconductors, sensors, retail systems, digital payments and quantum computing/technology for over 25 years.

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