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Moscow-based Universities Launch Pilot Open-Access Quantum Network

Moscow-based universities say they are launching an open access quantum network.

Moscow-based universities Moscow Technical University of Communications and Informatics (MTUCI) and National University of Science and Technology (MISIS) launched a pilot quantum network connecting the two institutions, according to a news release. The network configuration was created for an open connection to third-party organizations and can be used to develop up-to-date cybersecurity applications based on the use of quantum keys.

The distribution of quantum keys between trusted nodes is carried out by the Quantum Key Distribution Equipment (QKD) developed by QRate Quantum Communications. Keys are generated at a speed of up to 30 Kbps, which is enough for the simultaneous connection of more than 10 high-speed encryptors.

According to Yuri Kurochkin, the director of the MISIS Competence Center’s NTI “Quantum Communications” the project is open to participation for both software developers and organizations wishing to connect experimental sections of their infrastructure for the implementation of quantum-protected solutions.

MTUCI was founded in 1921, is located in Russia’s capital Moscow. The university is known for its research into information communication technology. It is a leader in fields, such as big data, quantum communications, 5G networks and internet of things. About 9,000 students attend the university.

MISIS was established in 1918. It is the leading university of the Higher Metallurgical Education Association, whose members include universities from Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. The university’s goal is “to strengthen its leadership positions in a number of areas, including material sciences, metallurgy and mining, as well as strongly strengthen its presence in bio materials, nano- and IT-technologies.”

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Matt Swayne

With a several-decades long background in journalism and communications, Matt Swayne has worked as a science communicator for an R1 university for more than 12 years, specializing in translating high tech and deep tech for the general audience. He has served as a writer, editor and analyst at The Quantum Insider since its inception. In addition to his service as a science communicator, Matt also develops courses to improve the media and communications skills of scientists and has taught courses. [email protected]

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