CQT to collaborate with government agency IMDA

First initiative with the Infocomm Media Development Authority to be a workshop for industry in July on quantum-safe communications
11 June 2018

Artur Ekert (left) of CQT and Aileen Chia of IMDA (right) pictured at the signing of a Memorandum of Intent between the organisations.. Artur Ekert, CQT’s Director, and Aileen Chia, IMDA’s Deputy Chief Executive (Policy, Regulation & Competition Development), have signed a Memorandum of Intent for collaboration between the two organisations. Credit: IMDA

CQT, acting through the National University of Singapore (NUS), has signed a Memorandum of Intent with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), to promote the development of quantum technologies, in particular, quantum key distribution (QKD), in Singapore

QKD techniques enable users who are communicating with each other to produce a shared random secret key to encrypt and decrypt messages. They also allow the two communicating parties to detect the presence of an unauthorised third party trying to access the key. If a third party is detected, the two communicating parties can replace the compromised key with a new secret key.

IMDA announced the Memorandum of Intent (MOI) on 6 June during Singapore's Smart Nation Innovations Week.

“In building a more digitalised and connected Singapore, it is important to future-proof our infrastructure and prepare our industry to adopt advanced, even if nascent, technologies such as quantum key distribution. The MOI with the Centre for Quantum Technologies at NUS will help to build competencies in Singapore, setting the foundation for Singapore’s quantum key distribution deployment,” said Aileen Chia, IMDA’s Deputy Chief Executive (Policy, Regulation & Competition Development).

One of IMDA’s roles is to continuously evaluate and ensure Singapore’s communication infrastructure is secured from evolving threats.

The MOI will see IMDA and CQT collaborating on initiatives to enhance quantum-related competency in Singapore, including organising outreach activities, conducting competency development and training for the local industry and government agencies, and piloting QKD implementation and trials.

CQT’s Director, Artur Ekert, said “We look forward to collaborating with IMDA to build local technical competency and to further commercialise our work. Singapore could be the first country in the world to establish a nationwide quantum key distribution network.”

IMDA and CQT will be hosting an introductory workshop, focusing on quantum-safe communications for the local industry, on 17 July 2018.