National Quantum-Safe Network (NQSN)|Signals of Future|by Fatima Mousavi
Singapore’s Quantum Engineering Programme (QEP) has launched a national platform to grow the country’s capabilities quantum-safe communication.
The NQSN, which was announced in February 2022, will conduct nationwide trials of quantum-safe communication technologies that promise robust network security for critical infrastructure and companies handling sensitive data. The initiative, led from CQT, as well as NUS and NTU, has over 15 private and government collaborators. The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) is one of the collaborators.
“IMDA is working closely with our Institutes of Higher Learning, industry and research partners to collaborate on the operation and implementation of the National Quantum-Safe Network (NQSN) on Singapore’s fibre network infrastructure. This is to ensure that Singapore’s communications networks and systems remain futureproof and secure as quantum computing technologies are developed. We will continue to push the boundaries of such frontier technologies so both consumers and businesses in Singapore can benefit from them,” said Wee Sain, Director, Communications and Connectivity Engineering, IMDA.
Singapore was one of pioneer countries in applying new technologies and this new initiative hints the rise of new systems for applying quantum communications. It is interesting to think about the future impact of Quantum Communication privacy of communication. At one point it will disrupt the current cryptography paradigm which may leads to losing privacy of all users data and at the same time it may lead to untraceable communications.
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