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Press Release EuroQCI QUARTER Project Launch

Published on 21 March, 2023

The consortium, formed by Telefonica, Thales, Tecnobit (Grupo OESIA), AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Fragmentix, QUSIDE, Chilas and LuxQuanta will work together to ensure a significant leap toward the deployment of a quantum-secure network for Europe.

The QUARTER consortium, which stands for Quantum Cryptography Technology for Europe, receives more than 7 million euros from the DIGITAL European Program. Its mission is to increase the maturity and readiness level of quantum cryptography technologies for deployment within the EuroQCI initiative.

QUARTER gathers an unprecedented cluster of specialized and experienced companies in the sector. LuxQuanta, Quside, Chilas, and fragmentiX are top manufacturers in quantum key distribution (QKD), quantum random number generators (QRNG), high-performance laser sources, and classical security solutions, respectively.

Alongside these innovative companies, the consortium is proud to partner with Telefónica, the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Cipherbit, and Thales, distinguished and well-established leaders in the areas of quantum technologies, security solutions, and telecommunications in Europe.

Under LuxQuanta’s leadership, the consortium’s primary goal is to enhance the maturity of Quantum Key Distribution and its related technologies.

A key aspect of this is the development of a robust industrialization roadmap, ensuring the technologies’ readiness for deployment. The consortium is also dedicated to active participation in standardization groups, contributing to the certification framework for QKD.

This commitment paves the way for the integration of QKD into telecommunications products and services, and supports its deployment in the EuroQCI.

By 2027the EuroQCI initiative aims to establish a secure quantum communication infrastructure across the EU. Protecting this network infrastructure is crucial for Europe to safeguard its most sensitive data and prevent malicious attacks. In this context, the QUARTER consortium will be a key player in developing cutting-edge European technologies for this implementation. Its efforts will ensure Europe’s sovereignty in the vital domains of cybersecurity, quantum communications, and quantum cryptography.

QUARTER consortium’s efforts will undoubtedly advance the state-of-the-art of its quantum communications, paving the way for the Union to become an industry leader in Quantum Cryptography and ultimately ensure the protection of its citizens and organizations.

Written by Sergi Vizcaino
Strategy & Outreach Manager at LuxQuanta