Quantum Networking:  Deployments, Components and Opportunities – 2017-2026


For the past 15 years, major service providers and research institutions worldwide have run quantum network trials. We are now entering a period in which permanent quantum networks are being built.  These are designed initially to support quantum encryption services, but will soon also provide the infrastructure for quantum computing. 

CIR believes that as quantum networks are deployed, they will eventually create opportunities at the service level, but more immediately at the components and modules level.  This is because quantum networks will require a slew of new optical networking technologies to make them function effectively.  In this report, CIR identifies the leading opportunities that will emerge from the building of quantum networks throughout the world.  This report includes:

  • Profiles of all the leading quantum networks and related R&D around the globe. We discuss which technologies and components these networks are using and developing and how quantum networks will impact the telecommunications and data communications more generally.  For each of these networks, current and planned applications are discussed and we also analyze where the potential for commercialization will be found.
  • Ten-year forecasts of the deployment of quantum network nodes around the globe with breakouts by technologies used, applications served and the kinds of components being used.  These forecasts are developed in the context of a roadmap for future needs for encryption, high-performance computing (HPC), and big data infrastructure support.
  • A thorough analysis of the commercialization potential for the technologies associated with quantum networking.  This analysis will discuss how leading commercial organizations active in building today’s quantum networks expect to build businesses around their experience.

This report will be essential reading for marketing, business development and product managers throughout the data communications and telecommunications industry, especially those at firms in the fiber optic and small satellite sectors.  The report will also be valuable for those planning business development and investment in the quantum computing and quantum encryption businesses. 

Table of Contents

Provisional Table of Contents

Executive Summary
E.1 Expected quantum network rollouts over the coming decade
E.2 Roadmap for quantum network technology
E.3 Opportunities for suppliers of optical components, modules and fiber
E.4 Opportunities for the small satellite industry
E.5 Revenue potential from quantum networks: Service opportunities
E.6 Opportunities for quantum encryption and quantum computing firms
E.7 Funding and start-ups inn the quantum networking space
E.8 Summary of ten-year forecasts of quantum networks

Chapter One: Introduction
1.1 Background to this report
1.2 Objective and scope of this report
1.3 Methodology of this report
1.4 Plan of this report

Chapter Two:  Technologies and Components
2.1 Key trends in quantum encryption and quantum computing
2.2 Quantum network architectures:
2.2.1 Routing and switching:  A startup opportunity
2.2.2 Role of quantum teleportation in quantum networks
2.3 Lasers and detectors:  Emerging requirements for quantum networks
2.4 Replacements for optical amplifiers:  Repeaters and teleportation
2.5 Fiber optic fiber and cable for quantum networks
2.6 Role of free space optics (FSO) in quantum networks
2.7 Quantum network and small satellite technology
2.8 Information storage in quantum networks
2.9 Key points from this chapter

Chapter Three: Quantum Network Profiles
3.1 Quantum networks in Europe
3.1.1 University of Vienna's Center for Quantum Science and Technology and SECOQC
3.1.2 Max Planck Institute:  Quantum Dynamics Group
3.1.3 Niels Bohr Institute
3.1.4 BT and quantum networking in the UK
3.1.5 University of Strathclyde
3.2 Quantum networks in Asia
3.2.1 The great quantum network of China
3.2.2 Metro networks in China
3.2.3 University of Singapore
3.2.4 Quantum networks in South Korea
3.2.5 QKD network evolution in Japan
3.3 Quantum networks in North America
3.3.1 Raytheon and DARPA
3.3.2 Recent developments at the US national laboratories
3.4 Canadian quantum networks
3.5 A government quantum network in Australia
3.6 The quantum Internet

Chapter Four: Ten-Forecasts of Quantum Networks
4.1 Forecast methodology
4.2 Forecast of quantum network nodes by geography
4.3 Forecast of quantum network nodes by primary transmission technology
4.3 Forecast of optical component and modules used in quantum network nodes
4.3.1 Lasers and transceivers
4.3.2 Switching and routing devices
4.3.3 Quantum repeaters
4.3.4 Specialized fiber
4.4 FSO and satellite-related devices

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