World-lead­ing quan­tum net­work launched

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

Wuhan, the cap­i­tal of Hubei prov­ince, launched the world’s most ad­vanced civil­ian quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work on Oct 31, and will soon con­nect all of the city’s gov­ern­ment bod­ies, fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions and other en­ti­ties to al­low the se­cure trans­mis­sion of classified in­for­ma­tion, ac­cord­ing to project man­agers. A launch cer­e­mony was held dur­ing a laser tech­nol­ogy fo­rum in Wuhan hosted by China Aerospace Sci­ence and In­dus­try Corp, the major builder of the net­work. The com­pany mainly de­vel­ops and pro­duces mis­siles and car­rier rock­ets but also in­vests heav­ily in laser tech­nolo­gies and in­stru­ments, which are key com­po­nents of a quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work. CASIC said in a news re­lease that the net­work’s op­er­a­tion will en­sure the “ab­so­lute safety” of the trans­mis­sion of classified in­for­ma­tion and will boost the ef­fi­ciency of such com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems fea­ture ul­tra-high se­cu­rity.

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