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          The UK Quantum Technology Hub for Quantum Communications is a synergistic partnership of eight UK Universities (Bristol, Cambridge, Heriot-Watt, Leeds, Royal Holloway, Sheffield, Strathclyde, and York), numerous private sector companies (BT, the National Physical Laboratory, Toshiba Research Europe Ltd, amongst others), and public sector bodies (Bristol City Council and the National Dark Fibre Infrastructure Service), that have come together in a unique collaboration to exploit fundamental laws of quantum physics for the development of secure communications technologies and services. Led by the University of York, the five-year, £24m QComm Hub aims to deliver quantum encryption systems that will in turn enable secure transactions and transmissions of data across a range of users in real-world applications: from government agencies and industrial set-ups to commercial establishments and the wider public. The project is part of a major national initiative, the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, which aims to ensure the successful transition of quantum technologies from laboratory to industries. 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.

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          August 20 2018
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