Cyprus Quantum Communication Infrastructure (CYQCI) project will address the deployment of quantum communications in Cyprus, introducing the technology to the island and setting the foundation for active participation of the country in the EuroQCI.
Through this project, CYQCI will: ● deploy an advanced experimental quantum network ● demonstrate use-cases whose security is vital for the operation of the country ● set the foundation for EU connectivity via the development of an optical ground station (OGS) ● kick-start local research and innovation through the development of pilot hardware and software supporting the functionality of the network ● support the EU technological autonomy by procuring its critical equipment from EU suppliers ● contribute to the international standardisation efforts for quantum communications.
The proposed network spans across three cities of the island, exploiting the currently deployed optical communication network and demonstrating a minimum of 6 use- cases and 11 end-users, for the applications of safeguarding the communication between public organisations, critical infrastructure, academic institutions and industrial services. As part of our deployment, an optical ground station will be employed to communicate with a low-earth orbit satellite to connect Cyprus with the rest of the EU.
Finally, a quantum communications competence centre will be established to offer widely available research, education and training courses, and support to prospective innovation as to contribute to the EU supply chain for relevant technologies and services. To achieve the realisation of the set objectives and work plan, the consortium has been formed to involve all necessary beneficiaries including two academic institutions, public authorities responsible for digital security and research and innovation, the largest national network providers and a local satellite communications enterprise.