Could quantum cryptography help secure 5G networks?

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Researchers have devised a way to embed quantum cryptography into 5G networks, protecting the next-generation telecoms infrastructure from cyber attacks. A team of scientists at the University of Bristol claims its solution secures 5G services without compromising download speeds.

Over the last decade, advances in software engineering have led to network services being moved from dedicated hardware to commodity computing services. Attempts to interfere with these systems could compromise the security of the network. But the researchers’ solution protects against such attacks by incorporating quantum crytography into a network virtualisation platform capable of protecting several mobile carriers at any one time.

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