Launch of the UKQNtel Quantum Network: Connecting Research with Industry

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Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics: CAPE (Cambridge) / Adastral Park (Ipswich)

United Kingdom

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The UK Quantum Communications Hub and lead industrial partner BT are launching UKQNtel - the UK's first testbed for QKD (Quantum Key Distribution) research and innnovation. This is a landmark step in accelerating commercialisation of the UK's research excellence in quantum-secure communications.

Operating between Cambridge and BT's Adastral Park, the testbed will connect research facilities at both ends enabling the testing of industry technologies and use-cases over real-world communications networks. The testbed will also be used to develop, trial and showcase new quantum-encrypted data services. It will also enable major Showcase and Demonstration events for quantum technologies, utilizing the outstanding facilities at Adastral Park. UKQNtel is an extension of the UK Quantum Network (UKQN) being built by the Quantum Communications Hub, which includes "metro" networks in Cambridge and Bristol - the former launched last year, and the latter will be launched later this year. The quantum link between the two - utilising the UK's National Dark Fibre Infrastructure Service - will also be completed this year.

The extension of the UKQN to Adastral Park has in effect created a new distributed cluster for research and innovation in quantum communications; bringing together academic and industrial research centres, as well as innovation communities - which include the Cambridge Network and Innovation Martlesham, whose memberships range from start-ups and SMEs to major corporates in ICT.

For the launch of UKQNtel, activities will take place across both ends of the network: the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE) at Cambridge and the Hubble Suite, (1st floor), the Hub building at Adastral Park. Delegates will be asked to confirm post-registration their location of choice. The two locations will be connected by video-link.

Please note that the Cambridge location tickets have now sold out - all registrations from this point onwards (20/03) will need to travel to Adastral Park.

The programme for the day is as follows:

Arrival and Lunch (12 - 1)

Speeches (1-2:30)

- Welcoming Address, Professor Richard Penty, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

- Keynote Address, Nick Chism, Director General, Enterprise, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

- “Quantum Innovation – a strategic opportunity for industry”, Roger McKinlay, Challenge Director, Quantum Technologies, UKRI

- "The path to quantum-secure communications services", Professor Tim Whitley, Managing Director, BT Applied Research and Adastral Park

- "Networking and the Quantum Communications Hub", Professor Tim Spiller, Director, Quantum Communications Hub

- “The UK National Quantum Technology Programme: Coupling Research to Innovation”, Sir Peter Knight, Strategic Advisory Board, UK National Quantum Technologies Programme and Chair, Quantum Metrology Institute, National Physical Laboratory

Networking Reception (2:30 - 4:30)

4:30 Close

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Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics: CAPE (Cambridge) / Adastral Park (Ipswich)

United Kingdom

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