About us

The Quantum Communications Hub is part of a national network of four hubs led by the Universities of Birmingham, Glasgow, Oxford and York.

The hubs represent the core investment of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, which aims to provide a test bed for the successful translation of quantum science into mainstream technological applications for economic benefit. The £120m initiative, part of a wider £270m government investment in quantum technologies, is being delivered by the EPSRC and Innovate UK, in partnership with bodies such as the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, the Communications-Electronics Security Group and the National Physical Laboratory.

Aims

The main aim of the QComm Hub is to deliver secure communications by exploiting the commercialisation potential of prototype quantum key distribution ( QKD) technologies past their current limitations; to establish a quantum communications technology industry for the UK; and to feed its future expansion, competiveness, diversification and sustainability. Specific developments will include:

  • Chip-scale integration of QKD and the design and delivery of practical hand-held devices, ensuring affordability and subsequent widespread use within a range of scenarios;
  • Creation of UK’s first Quantum Network (UKQN) which will facilitate device and system trials, integration of quantum and conventional communications, and demonstrations for stakeholders, customers, the media and the wider public;
  • Exploration of new theoretical approaches, applications, protocols and services for implementation of next generation quantum communications, beyond QKD.

The Quantum Communications Hub benefits from access to an unprecedented range of expertise and facilities, including the three leading UK experimental centres in the field, in Bristol, Heriot Watt and TREL at Cambridge Science Park.