Intercontinental Quantum Cryptography Is Now Here to Stay

In 2018, an article by the MIT Technology Review wrote that the satellite Micius was already responsible for several leaps forward in quantum cryptography. It was launched in 2016.

Yet a year later, it became part of the first satellite-to-ground quantum network. In 2018, it found itself part of the first intercontinental quantum cryptography service. This was achieved via a videoconference between China and Austria, which was secured by using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). 

This demonstrated secure communication on a global scale. It laid out the groundwork for a future quantum internet. 

As MIT Technology Review stresses, many organizations await the commercial availability of this type of secure communication. When will this happen? In the world of COVID-19, chances are sooner rather than later. 


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