According to Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister of Communications, Electronics and Information Technology and Railways, India’s first quantum secure communications link has become operational between Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and National Informatics Centre (NIC) CGO Complex in Delhiw.
The DoT decided to do a pilot after releasing the first quantum key distribution system standards. This pilot between DoT and NIC CGO office was taken to assess the feasibility of deploying quantum secure communication links between two points. Vaishnaw also announced a hackathon for the general public under which anyone who can break the encryption stands to receive Rs 10 million.
Further, the minister stated that the unavailability of legacy systems allowed India to startdeveloping indigenous telecom stack right from scratch, which would be technologically superior to its counterpart.