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KT Leading International Standardization of Quantum Cryptographic Telecommunications
A Leader in Quantum Cryptographic Communications
KT Leading International Standardization of Quantum Cryptographic Telecommunications
  • By Michael Herh
  • October 28, 2019, 12:42
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Chair group members of ITU Working Party 1 on 5G pose for a photo shoot after a meeting. From left are Luca Pesando, a co-chairman, Kim Hyung-soo, a co-chairman and Aloch Ludovic, a vice chairman.

KT Corp. announced on Oct. 27 that it led global discussions on standardization of quantum cryptographic telecommunications at a recent ITU meeting held in Geneva.

The company’s officials attended the SG13 conference of the International Telecommunication Union-T (ITU-T) held in Geneva for two weeks from Oct. 14 to 25.

KT submitted 11 proposals to the meeting and the ITU adopted four of them as new standardization tasks. The company has thus far submitted 34 proposals and is responsible for six standardization tasks. This indicates the company’s leadership in the development of quantum cryptographic communication technology.

KT is leading ITU’s international standardization not only in quantum cryptography but also in quantum computers and quantum sensors. In September, the ITU established the quantum communication focus group or the FG QIT4N to provide a collaborative platform for pre-standardization aspects of quantum information technology for networks. KT's participation in the focus group is expected to stimulate technological development in this new field.