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Telefónica in pact with quantum companies for virtual data centres

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Telefónica is working with two quantum companies to integrate the emerging technology into its cloud service that is hosted in its virtual data centres.

The Spanish group’s digital business unit, Telefónica Tech, says it is working with a company in Barcelona and another in New York on quantum random number generation and entropy-as-a-service (EaaS) architectures.

Hugo de los Santos (pictured), director of products and services at Telefónica Cyber & Cloud Tech, said: “Offering this key quantum-generated resource is a significant advantage for both our internal and external customers. It is especially important for our enterprise customers with demands for high quality and high-performance random numbers, who will benefit from this unique feature.”

Telefónica and its partners say they have validated an extensive number of use cases, including enhanced key generation for cryptographic modules, data security in software-defined networks, Monte Carlo simulations and randomisation for gaming applications.

This collaboration allows Telefónica Tech “to enhance its cloud services by providing its customers with easy-to-use, high quality and high-performance quantum random numbers so they can integrate them into their business processes”, says Telefónica.

The partners in the project are Barcelona’s Quside, a manufacturer of high-performance quantum random number generators, and New York’s Qrypt, a producer of cryptographic quantum security solutions enabled by its quantum EaaS solution.

Telefónica said: “The availability of large quantities of high-quality random numbers has become an essential requirement in many fields. Its application ranges from high-quality encryption keys, which encrypt the exponential growth of data transfers, to the creation of highly accurate simulations for science, engineering, finance, and insurance.”

Carlos Abellán, CEO of Quside, said: “Randomness is an essential resource for a wide range of ICT systems, including cybersecurity.” Random numbers produced by Quside hardware are now available on three continents thanks to Qrypt through their scalable randomness distribution solutions.

Denis Mandich, CTO of Qrypt, said: “The secure distribution of true quantum randomness is now a practical technical capability for a broad range of critical applications. We’re excited to be working with Telefónica Tech to scale this quantum service globally.”