The EuroQCI will be a secure quantum communication infrastructure spanning the whole EU, including its overseas territories.
The European Commission is working with all 27 EU Member States, and the European Space Agency (ESA), to design, develop and deploy the EuroQCI, which will be composed of a terrestrial segment relying on fibre communications networks linking strategic sites at national and cross-border level, and a space segment based on satellites. It will be an integral part of IRIS², the new EU space-based secure communication system.
The EuroQCI will safeguard sensitive data and critical infrastructures by integrating
quantum-based systems into existing communication infrastructures, providing an
additional security layer based on quantum physics. It will reinforce the protection of Europe’s governmental institutions, their data centres, hospitals, energy grids, and more, becoming one of the main pillars of the EU’s Cybersecurity Strategy for the coming decades.