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India’s National Quantum Mission: A Step Forward

QNu Labs   |   Aug 28, 2023

India made a landmark move by announcing the National Quantum Mission (NQM) worth Rs. 6003 crores on 19th April 2023.

The objective of the mission is to seed, nurture and scale up scientific and industrial R&D and create a vibrant and innovative ecosystem in Quantum Technology (QT). It will accelerate QT-led economic growth, nurture the ecosystem in the country, and make India one of the leading nations in the development of Quantum Technologies & Applications (QTA).

The mission targets developing intermediate-scale quantum computers with 50-1000 physical qubits in 8 years in various platforms like superconducting and photonic technology. Satellite-based secure quantum communications between ground stations over a range of 2000 kms within India, long-distance secure quantum communications with other countries, inter-city quantum key distribution over 2000 kms and a multi-node quantum network with quantum memories are some of the deliverables of the mission.

The implementation includes setting up four Thematic Hubs (T-Hubs) in top academic and national R&D institutes in the domains of Quantum Computing, Quantum Communication, Quantum Sensing & Metrology, and Quantum Materials & Devices. The hubs will focus on generating new knowledge through basic and applied research and promote R&D in areas mandated to them.

India will be the seventh country to have a dedicated quantum mission after the US, Austria, Finland, France, Canada, and China.

Because of its immense potential in a wide range of applications in ultra-secure military communication and extra-precise MRI machines, advanced countries and big corporations have invested billions of dollars in quantum technology.

The NQM is the only mission where Indian scientists will develop their own technology. Though India will need international cooperation, it will be mainly for knowledge exchange. The announcement is momentous for QNu Labs. QNu is the only quantum communication company in India to provide the technologies the mission is aiming for. In fact, QNu is well ahead of the curve in quantum cryptography and on-ground and satellite-based quantum communication.

The experienced team at QNu has worked for over 7 years to develop patented products and solutions that will enable India to be quantum-ready and quantum-secure. Our indigenous products in Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), Quantum Random Number Generation (QRNG), and Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC) are validated by institutions in the government and the industry. QNu has already demonstrated and implemented quantum secure solutions with the Indian defence.

Here’s a glimpse of our products:

The products and solutions are a testament to QNu's vision of being a leading Indian company with a global reach.

Armos (QKD)
Armos' QKD is a state-of-the-art appliance providing unconditional security for critical data through quantum physics.

Tropos (QRNG)
Tropos' quantum random number generator (QRNG) uses the principles of quantum mechanics to generate truly random numbers.

Hodos (PQC)
Hodos is a post-quantum cryptography (PQC) algorithm developed by QNu labs with NIST PQC studies as a reference.