The 1 Luxembourg Quantum Communication Infrastructure Laboratory (LUQCIA) was visited after the visit of the inter-ministerial committee, composed of representatives of the Media, Connectivity and Digital Policy Service, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the Ministry of Economy and the Luxembourg Space Agency officially approved on Wednesday November 23, 2022.
The interdisciplinary Center for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) of the University of Luxembourg, in collaboration with the Media, Connectivity and Digital Policy Service (SMC), announced the development in April 2022. The “LUQCIA” project is a project funded by the Recovery and Resilience Facility (FRR) of the European Union – NextGenerationEU with a duration of 5 years. It aims to build a national testbed for Quantum Communication Infrastructure (QCI) and enable advanced collaborative research in this field. This initiative aims to increase Luxembourg’s competitiveness at European and international level and promote an active research ecosystem by pooling the resources of public and private actors.
With “Quantum Key Distribution” (QKD) applications as the initial goal, the project envisages several milestones as well as a series of configurations that, upon completion, will form the basis of this project, which aims to serve as a catalyst for innovative research at all layers of Quantum communication networks, namely software, cryptography, networks, signal processing and optics.
The approval of the 1st milestone of this project follows the report “LUQCIA: LUxembourg Quantum Communication Infrastructure lAb – Milestone 1 Report” by the University of Luxembourg/the SnT, which states the “launch of the activities of the LuxQCI laboratory to obtain the expertise” needed to to develop and operate a quantum communication infrastructure”.
This endorsement paves the way for initial funding from the Recovery and Resilience Facility (FRR) for the University of Luxembourg/SnT, giving them the necessary funds to pursue the goals set.
“Reaching this first milestone represents an important step for research in Luxembourg. This achievement underscores once again the importance attached to the development of a quantum communications infrastructure,” said Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister and Minister for Communications and Media.
Finance Minister Yuriko Backes comments: “This project is one of the flagship actions of Luxembourg’s recovery and resilience plan. I am therefore particularly pleased that reaching the milestone will make it possible to mobilize the European funds made available in Luxembourg through the NextGenerationEU initiative and that these will contribute to concrete projects that advance our country’s digital transformation.”
Communicated by the Media, Connectivity and Digital Policy Service and the Department of Treasury