Does Your Smartphone Have Quantum Key Distribution Built in Yet?

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By Jake Saunders | 4Q 2019 | IN-5680


A Collision Is on the Horizon


5G deployments are certainly gathering pace. As of 3Q 2019, the Global mobile Supplier Association (GSA) reported that 296 operators in 100 countries have licensed, tested, trialed, or carried out a launch of 5G, out of which 56 operators in 32 countries have announced the infrastructure deployment of 5G and 39 operators have announced limited or full-scale 5G service launches. There is, however, the very real possibility of a potential technological “collision” between 5G and quantum computing. Indeed, this collision would also impact the legacy wireless communications technologies 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, and fixed telco communications.

All communication devices rely on encryption to varying degrees of robustness. From cloud servers to smartphones to the telemetry emanating from Internet of Things (IoT) devices, they all rely on encryption to scramble transmitted information. 5G is anticipated to prime a fourth industrial revolution as IoT modules, wireless data terminals, and untethered Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR) glasses free up industrial work processes and perso…

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