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First testbed for quantum communication in Luxembourg

By Sandra Helsel posted 07 Apr 2022

(IntelligentCIO) The University of Luxembourg’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT), in collaboration with the Department of Media, Connectivity and Digital Policy (SMC) of the Ministry of State, has announced the development of the Luxembourg Quantum Communication Infrastructure Laboratory (LUQCIA). The five-year project is funded by the European Union’s Recovery and Resilience Facility in the context of the Next-Generation EU initiative and will aim to build a national testbed in 2023 to enable advanced and applied research in quantum key distribution and quantum Internet – a vital stage in the next-generation of computing and Internet usage.
“Luxembourg wants to remain the state-of-the-art communication hub it has become over the last decade. That is why we have taken it upon ourselves, through SnT’s scientific leadership, to lay the groundwork for tomorrow’s quantum communication infrastructure,” said Prime Minister and Minister for Communication and Media, Xavier Bettel.
The Minister of Finance, Yuriko Backes, added: “I would like to pay particular tribute to the pioneering role of SnT, in collaboration with the SMC, in the development of quantum communication technologies. It is one of the national Recovery and Resilience Plan’s key measures for the digital transition. The EU funds will actively support Luxembourg to improve the security of public sector communications as part of a wider European project.

Sandra K. Helsel, Ph.D. has been researching and reporting on frontier technologies since 1990.  She has her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

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