Division of Quantum Internet

Quantum communication between any two places on earth

A future quantum internet will connect (quantum) computers all over the world. It will enable to send and receive information using quantum bits (qubits) that follow the rules of quantum mechanics. In the Quantum Internet division, our goal is to develop technologies to enable quantum communication between any two places on earth.

For this radically new technology several major new and potentially game-changing applications have already been identified. One such application is to provide a fundamentally secure way of communication, in which privacy is guaranteed by the laws of physics. Also, quantum processors can be connected into a quantum network in order to assemble a large quantum computing cluster. This approach is called networked quantum computing and offers a natural path towards scalability, complementary to the quantum computing work. Combining a quantum internet and a networked quantum computer allows remote users/providers to perform secure quantum computing ‘in the cloud’.

Read more about our different milestones

Our goals are to:


Develop a full control stack and novel applications for a quantum internet;


Perform experimental demonstrations, some of which already compatible with existing telecom infrastructure, that push the frontier of quantum networking and yield new techniques and insights;


Develop and exploit multi-qubit quantum processors for use in quantum internet and networked computing, with current focus on diamond-based spin qubits.


Coordinator of The Quantum Internet Alliance (QIA)

The Quantum Internet Division is also the coordinator of The Quantum Internet Alliance (QIA), a collaboration of 23 European partners from academia and industry with the objective of further developing all necessary components of a quantum internet. The aim is to make concrete steps in advancing the technology for realization and market readiness. The project encompasses aspects including end-node hardware, network repeater hardware, quantum network control and applications, integration and blueprint development. More information and news can be found on the QIA website and twitter @eu_qia.