(TechCrunch) The first US quantum network is being developed on 800 kilometers of unused fiber optic cable running down the U.S. eastern seaboard. The goal is to have the quantum network up and running and accepting customers by the end of the year, making it the first time that quantum keys will be exchanged commercially on U.S. soil.
Quantum Xchange, a quantum communications provider, has inked a deal for Zayo, a fiber network giant, to provide the stretch of fiber from Boston to Washington, DC. Its first aim is to help connect Wall Street financiers with their back operations in nearby New Jersey.
Quantum Xchange Ceo John Prisco explained, “Organizations with offices in Boston will be able to send secure communications to a partner in D.C., and eventually even further – as the goal is to keep buying up optical fiber that is already in the ground all over the country so that we can provide a secure quantum network that will serve the entire nation.”