Anja Karliczek, German Federal Minister of Education and Research, last week announced in Berlin that QuNET, described as “a major initiative for a quantum network impervious to eavesdropping”, is to receive a total of €165 million in funding.
The primary objective of QuNET is secure communications between governmental organizations in Germany. The planned seven-year project will also serve as a central platform for the establishment of a German Quantum Communications infrastructure and will play a role in building a quantum internet.
At the broader European level, the German federal government and partners in the QuNET consortium are working to create a secure European data space. In the first phase alone the initiative will receive approximately €25 million over the coming two years.