Lately, China has been particularly interested in the quantum encryption sector and is now preparing a government messaging service that can not be hacked.
While existing cables used for the internet and telephones can be “attached”, quantum networks let the messages travel on light particles that, when they are “approached” by third parties, would distort, causing loss of communication.
The Jinan Institute of Quantum Technology has tested this system over the past few weeks and plans to launch it for commercial use in August. Initially 200 members of the government (finance and army departments) will try it.
Recent attacks by various government agencies around the world have made cyber security a key issue and China does not want to be unprepared for one of the most important challenges it will face in the coming years.