International Daily News carries Xinhua Nov. 2 report that at the 12th International Conference on Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computing (QCMC), University of Science and Technology of China Prof. Pan Jianwei told the conference that as China has successfully carried out quite a few experiments at Qianhai Lake, it is now conducting a project to build a quantum communication satellite.
For over a decade, Chinese scientists have been world leaders in making major top breakthroughs to make quantum communication one of the not many sophisticated technologies China excels in the world.
At the beginning of 2012, Pan’s team successfully established in Hefei city world first large-scale quantum communication network covering the area of a city with 46 nodes, the largest in number of nodes compared to all similar networks in the world. It marked a key breakthrough in the technology of quantum communication network with large capacity.
Prof. Pan said that the technology in citywide quantum confidential communication network was in the main mature. SCMP says in its report on Nov. 4, “China will complete and put into service the world’s longest unhackable quantum communication network stretching 2,000 km from Beijing to Shanghai by 2016, say scientists leading the project.”
However, Prof Pan says that satellites have to be used for a quantum communication network covering vast area.
According to Xinhua, China is carrying out smoothly its project of “Quantum Scientific Experimental Satellite”. After successful launch of a quantum communication satellite, China will continue its research in order to set up a global satellite quantum communication network by 2030.
SCMP “China to launch hack-proof quantum communication network in 2016”