Deployment of the first national quantum networks in the Netherlands
EuroQCI is a European project of the Digital Europe Program (DEP) funding national projects for EU secure Quantum Communication Infrastructure.
The national Dutch program is called QCINed and started in 2023 with a volume of almost 10 Mio Eur co-funded by the EU Commission. For 30 months the partners are committed to facilitating and deploying the Dutch Quantum network.
The main objectives are:
To deploy quantum systems and networks in the Netherlands for testing quantum communication technologies and for integrating them with existing communication networks.
To use these quantum systems and networks for developing and testing use cases in support of the Dutch national QCI initiative in the context of the EuroQCI initiative.
To contribute to European technological autonomy by using pilot devices, technologies, and systems developed and manufactured in the EU.
To train technical and research staff as well as national users from public authorities
The goal is to deploy three different advanced experimental QKD networks in 3 areas
Development of a QKD network in the Utrecht area, aimed at an automated QKD as a service to be provisioned - using the operational classic domain and introducing a new quantum domain, which will be the fundament for a future roll out of a national Quantum Network.
Amsterdam – The Hague area
The realisation of a Governmental QKD testbed. Connecting the Ministries of Justice and Security and the Ministry of Foreign affairs to exchange governmental data in the Amsterdam – the Hague region.
Set-up of a pre-staging testbed network in which technologies relevant to the deployment of EuroQCI will be tested and validated in the Eindhoven region. With the goal to deploy an QKD & Industry agnostic testbed.