Quantum Facility in the EPB Building. Credit: EPB

The EPB Quantum Network powered by Qubitekk announced that Qunnect has joined as their first customer and the University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC) as the first academic institution connected to their network. Qunnect develops core technologies needed for scalable quantum-secure communication and has commercialized the world’s first quantum memory. Qunnect is seeking to demonstrate interoperability between quantum component providers on a dedicated commercial network infrastructure. Their devices will need to work with devices provided by Qubitekk. Qunnect’s hardware is also used with the GothamQ network in New York, a 50 kilometer network that connects the company’s R&D facility in Brooklyn to Queens and Manhattan.

The Quantum Initiative at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga will be using the network for research and education. Among other things, they will be exploring quantum sensing applications using the network. They will also be using it to provide for experiential learning in quantum technology for their students as well as establishing R&D collaborations with other quantum players from around the country.

The EPB Quantum Network is currently composed of a 8-kilometer loop. It has the capacity for 10 quantum interconnected user nodes across downtown Chattanooga including one located on the UTC campus. It uses commercial network equipment designed and manufactured by Qubitekk.

The press release announcing that Qunnect has joined the network can be accessed here and another press release about the University of Tennessee Chattanooga connecting to the network is available here.

December 9, 2023