Quantum driven technologies, solutions, products and services are expected to bring profound changes to the telecommunications sector.
The future of fibre-optical communications has the potential to be transformed by quantum-based techniques that use the inherent quantum mechanical properties of light. These techniques will make a significant impact on the telecoms sector in areas such as secure communications, through quantum key distribution (QKD), and encrypted transmissions, as well as quantum computation and the control of large complex dynamic communications networks. Communications itself could fundamentally change in taking advantage of the laws of quantum physics to communicate, via the transmission of data using photons.
The potential of Quantum technologies for telecommunications is part of a wider push in the UK towards commercialisation of Quantum products and services. Given this new direction of travel, techUK believes now is the time to consider whether key markets in the UK are ready, willing and able to realise the full potential of Quantum technologies. We specifically want to understand how the telecoms sector set the right path in adopting quantum-based techniques and how how quantum communications can commercialise
In this market briefing, techUK seeks to explore these questions and more. We will examine:
- How to realise the security benefits of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) in critical sectors, such as military communications?
- Can Quantum Random Number Generation securely develop to fully replace current random number generation?
- The sectors set to realise the full benefits of quantum communication such as finance, healthcare, and utilities
- Standards, governance and supply chain challenges
This session is just one part of techUK’s year-long campaign on Quantum Commercialisation. In 2021, techUK will bring together the technology sector, key stakeholders, policy makers and the wider business community to discuss whether we have in place what is needed to drive forward the commercialisation of Quantum technologies; create a thriving Quantum market for new products and services; and support the development of a world leading Quantum industry.
Laura is techUK’s Programme Manager for Technology and Innovation.
She supports the application and expansion of emerging technologies across business, including Geospatial Data, Quantum Computing, AR/VR/XR and Edge technologies.
Before joining techUK, Laura worked internationally in London, Singapore and across the United States as a conference researcher and producer covering enterprise adoption of emerging technologies. This included being part of the strategic team at London Tech Week.
Laura has a degree in History (BA Hons) from Durham University, focussing on regional social history. Outside of work she loves reading, travelling and supporting rugby team St. Helens, where she is from.
Sophie James is the Programme Manager, Communications Infrastructure and Services, at techUK.
Sophie was promoted to Manager having been Programme Assistant across a variety of areas including the Broadband Stakeholder Group, Central Government, Financial Services and Communications Infrastructure programmes, supporting each team with administrative and event support, research and communications.
Prior to joining techUK, Sophie completed a masters in Film Studies at University College London. She has previously worked as a marketing manager for a design and fabrication company, and has project coordination experience in the graphic design and music industries.
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Sue leads techUK's Technology and Innovation work.
This includes work programmes on cloud, data protection, data analytics, AI, Digital Identity and Internet of Things as well as emerging and transformative technologies and innovation policy. She has been recognised as one of the most influential women in UK tech by Computer Weekly and as a key influencer in driving forward the Big Data agenda in the UK Big Data 100. Sue has also been shortlisted for the Milton Keynes Women Leaders Awards and was a judge for the Loebner Prize in AI. In addition to being a regular industry speaker on issues including AI ethics, data protection and cyber security, Sue was recently a judge for the UK Tech 50 and is a regular judge of the annual UK Cloud Awards.
Prior to joining techUK in January 2015 Sue was responsible for Symantec's Government Relations in the UK and Ireland. She has spoken at events including the UK-China Internet Forum in Beijing, UN IGF and European RSA on issues ranging from data usage and privacy, cloud computing and online child safety. Before joining Symantec, Sue was senior policy advisor at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Sue has an BA degree on History and American Studies from Leeds University and a Masters Degree on International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Birmingham. Sue is a keen sportswoman and in 2016 achieved a lifelong ambition to swim the English Channel.