First connection with quantum technology with more than 20 kilometers launched in Portugal
It has more than 20 kilometers, connecting Gare do Oriente in Lisbon to Pragal in Almada, crossing the 25 de Abril Bridge. Behind this milestone is a consortium led by Warpcom and ID Quantique, together with Deloitte, Fortinet and IP Telecom.
Lisbon, October 12, 2021 – Warpcom, an Iberian ICT company with 100% Portuguese equity, is leading a revolutionary project in partnership with ID Quantique which resulted in the first connection of more than 20 kilometers for the transmission of encrypted information through quantum keys in Portugal. It connects Gare do Oriente to Pragal, crossing the 25 de Abril Bridge, through IP Telecom’s fiber-optic network, involving state-of-the-art technology with the ability to exponentially increase the level of communications security and protect the most important assets for any organization: information and data.
“According to current standards, information will be easily decrypted using quantum technology, which is a serious risk and threat to Governments, organizations and people. This connection proves that quantum technology is already a reality and that it is possible to guarantee the security of communications between two points with quantum-safe technology, creating a level of security such that, even if in the future there is an attack using quantum technology, the security of the information is not compromised”, explains Bruno Gonçalves, Business Unit Manager – Cybersecurity at Warpcom.
This is a historic milestone, not only because it is the first quantum connection of such dimension in Portugal, and completely integrated with Fortinet security solutions already recognized in the market, but also because it demonstrates that it is no longer a laboratory test and is prepared for the real and productive world of organizations.
“There is a movement of the main international players towards the adoption of a strategy for the Quantum Era that is approaching in big steps. The answer certainly involves solutions that allow organizations to adapt their cybersecurity strategy, making it quantum-safe. It’s a path that must be prepared in order to protect their assets today and in the future. ID Quantique provides unconditional security in sensitive key exchanges, thanks to quantum communications of more than thousands of kilometers”, explains Jean-Sébastien Pegon, Head of Finance and Telecom markets at ID Quantique.
One of the main objectives of this technology, which has been the subject of research in recent years, is the creation of the quantum Internet, with a strong investment announced by the governments of the main world powers and the European Union for its financing (Quantum Communications Infrastructure). In the future, the goal is to ensure safer connections and more points with this type of technology, creating a network on a global scale.
“For IP Telecom, this is a clear demonstration of the company’s ability to be the country’s high-speed national network, to continue to innovate and to ensure greater levels of security to the national economy. We believe that quantum communications, and this partnership, symbolize an active future for the company and a clear need for our customers”, says Rui Ribeiro, General Director at IP Telecom.
As a technology integrator and a cybersecurity service provider, Warpcom actively seeks not only the cybersecurity solutions organizations need now, but also those of the future.
“Clearly, the topic of the Quantum Era has to be placed on the strategic agenda of organizations for the coming years and, in this sense, we are here to support them in this journey in terms of security, helping holders of critical infrastructures, such as utilities, Defense, health, financial market and telecommunications operators, in the development of quantum-safe networks”, concludes Pedro Morão, Commercial Director at Warpcom.
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Warpcom is the market’s leading system integrator in the development of solutions in the areas of Networking & Infrastructure, Collaboration & Customer Experience, Data Center & Multi Cloud and Cybersecurity & Public Safety.
As a business partner that supports the digital transformation of organizations, whatever their technological maturity, Warpcom also offers specialized services that address the management of the entire technology life cycle: Managed Services (NOC and SOC), Consulting Services, Support Services and Professional Services. In order to provide the best solutions on a case-by-case basis, Warpcom continually invests in strengthening skills and know-how and has strategic partnerships with market-leading manufacturers.
About ID Quantique
ID Quantique is the world leader in quantum-safe crypto solutions, including Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), designed to protect data for the long-term future. IDQ’s products are used by government, enterprise and academic customers in more than 60 countries and on every continent. IDQ is proud of its independence and neutrality, and believes in establishing long-term and trusted relationships with its customers and partners. More info at https://www.idquantique.com/
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Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) protects the largest companies, service providers and government organizations around the world. Fortinet provides its customers with more complete protection for the entire attack surface and allows them to assume higher performance requirements in today’s and future non-perimeter networks. Only Fortinet’s Security Fabric architecture can provide no-compromise security to meet the most critical security challenges, whether in-network, application, cloud or mobile environments. Today, Fortinet is the number one security device distribution company worldwide and more than 290,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their business. More information at https://www.fortinet.com, Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs.
About IP Telecom
IP Telecom, with the motto “Connecting Businesses”, is a telecommunications and Datacenter and Cloud Computing services operator, exclusively dedicated to the business market. Its innovative offer of business and public administration solutions is recognized as a reference in Portugal.
IP Telecom is an ISO 27001 certified company and is present in several Cybersecurity bodies, as it considers essential to demonstrate, independently, the importance it gives to the Information Security of its customers, in particular in operational and application processes to support the services from its Cloud, Hosting and Housing portfolio, as well as the Data Centers in Lisbon, Viseu and Porto. More information at https://www.iptelecom.pt/