Quantum computing could solve some computing problems impossible for conventional machines, the most famous being an ability to crack conventional encryption, at least if engineers can make quantum computers vastly more powerful than today’s research projects.
Quantum key distribution a more mature technology than quantum computing, lets two parties share the encryption keys used to secure their communications.
Quantum keys were created and exchanged over a fiber network where Verizon said hackers can be "instantly detected". Read more: Verizon vs. AT&T vs.
"A QKD network derives cryptographic keys using the quantum properties of photons to prevent against eavesdropping," Verizon said.
A pilot project of a technology called quantum key distribution in Washington DC was successful, so Verizon it will now test it across the US.
It’s also using a quantum random number generator to continuously generate encryption keys.
"Quantum-based technology can strengthen data security today and in the future," said Nicki Palmer, chief product innovation officer at Verizon.
Verizon reveals quantum networking trials https://t.co/ykePbTNmrL— CNET News (@CNETNews) September 3, 2020