Malta pioneers quantum technology with launch of secure test network between two MITA data centres

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 June, 2024 at 2:25 pm by Andre Camilleri

Malta has taken a significant step forward in the realm of quantum technology with the successful launch of a quantum-secure test network connecting two MITA data centres.

This landmark event took place in the presence of dignitaries such as Ms. Joyce Dimech, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Home Affairs, Security and Employment, and delegates from the CEN-CENELEC Joint Technical Committee 22 (JTC22), alongside representatives from the Armed Forces of Malta and the Malta Security Services, among others.

Held at Malta Information Technology Agency’s (MITA) Data Centre in Sta. Venera, the event showcased the launch of a two-link quantum test network using trusted nodes and demonstrated the practical application of quantum-secured communications between two government data centres. The link forms an integral part of the PRISM EuroQCI test-bed network, and marks a pivotal moment in the integration of quantum technology within Malta’s digital infrastructure.

The launch took place in the presence of key delegates from the European standardisation body for quantum technologies, CEN-CENELEC, who are playing a pivotal role in developing standards for quantum communications, quantum metrology, and quantum computing. The delegates are currently in Malta for the 6th CEN-CENELEC/JTC 22 Plenary Meeting on Quantum Technologies and are representing their respective nations.

Underscoring Malta’s active participation in creating the standardisation roadmap for quantum technologies, the launch served to position Malta as a key player in this groundbreaking field and demonstrated the nation’s commitment to enhancing data security and pioneering advancements in quantum technology.

By successfully deploying the first two quantum links that are the start to a larger national scale quantum-secure network, Malta is setting a precedent for the adoption of advanced technologies within the European Union, reinforcing its leadership in the digital and cybersecurity landscape.

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