Quantum Networking Explained in Simple Terms

By John King, CISSP, PMP, CISM •  Updated: 01/02/23 •  3 min read

Quantum networking is a field of research that aims to develop technologies for transmitting and processing information using the principles of quantum mechanics. It has the potential to revolutionize communication and computing by enabling faster and more secure communication and computation than is possible with classical technologies.


One of the main goals of quantum networking is to build a global quantum internet, which would allow users to send and receive information using quantum states as carriers of information. This would enable a host of new applications, such as ultra-secure communication, distributed quantum computing, and the creation of new types of sensors and measurement devices.


One of the key challenges in building a quantum internet is finding a way to transmit and manipulate quantum states over long distances. This requires the development of new technologies for creating, storing, and manipulating quantum states, as well as finding ways to transmit them over long distances without losing their quantum properties.


One approach that has been proposed for transmitting quantum states is the use of quantum repeaters. These are devices that can amplify and regenerate quantum states as they are transmitted over long distances, allowing them to be transmitted over distances much greater than is currently possible.
Another critical area of research in quantum networking is the development of quantum computers, which are computers that use quantum states to store and process information. Quantum computers have can problems much faster than classical computers, making them valuable for a wide range of applications, including code-breaking, drug discovery, and financial modeling.


In addition to these applications, quantum networking also has the potential to improve the security of communication. One of the key benefits of quantum communication is that it is impossible to intercept or eavesdrop on a quantum transmission without altering the quantum state, which would be detectable by the sender and receiver. This makes it ideal for secure communication in military and government applications.


Despite the potential of quantum networking, many technical challenges still need to be overcome before it can be fully realized. One of the main challenges is the development of reliable technologies for creating, storing, and manipulating quantum states. Another challenge is finding ways to transmit quantum states over long distances without losing their quantum properties.


Despite these challenges, researchers are making significant progress in the field of quantum networking, and it is expected that we will see substantial developments in the coming years. Some experts even predict that we could see the first elements of a global quantum internet within the next decade.
In conclusion, quantum networking is a field of research that has the potential to revolutionize communication and computation by enabling faster and more secure communication and computation than is possible with classical technologies. While there are still many technical challenges to be overcome, researchers are making significant progress, and it is expected that we will see significant developments in the coming years.

John King, CISSP, PMP, CISM

John King currently works in the greater Los Angeles area as a ISSO (Information Systems Security Officer). John has a passion for learning and developing his cyber security skills through education, hands on work, and studying for IT certifications.