National Quantum-Safe Network (NQSN)

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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