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Russia And China Achieve Image Transmission Using “Unhackable” Quantum Communication!

By TD NewsDesk

TD NewsDesk

Updated on Tue, Jan 9, 2024

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Imagine transmitting messages so secure, that they're practically hack-proof. Sounds unbelievable, right?

Well, scientists from Russia and China have just cracked that code, sending images through space using quantum communications technology. So, buckle up for a wild ride into the world of quantum communication and networking solutions!

Well, according to the latest report, scientists from Russia and China have successfully transmitted two images over a satellite using quantum technology.

Russia’s National University of Science and Technology (MISIS) and the Russian Quantum Centre (RQC) are the front runners of Russia in developing a quantum computer. According to Alexey Fedorov, from Russia’s National University of Science and Technology and the Russian Quantum Centre, the first “full cycle” quantum communication test between Russia and China took place last year.

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What’s The Big Deal Here?

  • The test plays a vital role as it marks the development of advanced encrypted communication networks that cannot be hacked by other nations. 

  • It also hints toward establishing a secure means of communication between BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries.

  • The action went down using China's quantum satellite, Mozi. Launched back in 2016, the transmission from the satellite journeyed a whopping 2,300 miles between ground stations in Russia and China.

  • Chances are, with Russia, China and maybe more BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) joining forces, this breakthrough will make communication safer for everyone.

(However, it’s not all smooth sailing!)

What Could Be The Possible Challenges?

  • Well, this breakthrough opens up a world of possibilities but there are still a few gaps. One of the primary challenges lies in scalability, as the development of sophisticated infrastructure is necessary for further progress.

  • Furthermore, the preservation of quantum signals across extensive distances presents a persistent issue. Quantum communications utilize light particles for data transmission, existing in a delicate and vulnerable state. 

  • This characteristic serves to safeguard data against theft by causing particle collapse upon interference. However, it simultaneously restricts the transmission distance.

However, the quantum world is going to bulk up for long-haul trips and get better infrastructure. For now, this event showcased the feasibility of leveraging quantum communications using satellites, potentially offering advanced encryption capabilities to government and corporate organizations soon.

Do you think this remarkable effort will deliver truly unhackable communications? What does this move mean for telecom businesses, looking to offer users end-to-end encrypted communications?

Feel free to drop your thoughts in the comments section below.

First published on Tue, Jan 9, 2024

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