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SK Telecom announced that its two technologies related to the control and interworking of quantum cryptography communication networks were adopted as new work items at the ITU-T meeting held in Geneva, Switzerland.

The South Korean telecom service provider said in a press release that these latest solutions will be given international certification standards through its talks among member countries of the ITU-T.

SK Telecom’s two technologies chosen as work items are: Quantum Key Distribution Network Interworking – Software Defined Networking Control; and Framework of Quantum Key Distribution Network Federation.      

The company said these latest innovations serve as an important tool for the popularization of quantum cryptography communication technologies.

One of these technologies, the Software Defined Networking Control System for Interworking of Quantum Key Distribution Networks, enables telecommunication operators to run their existing communication networks and QKD networks holistically and efficiently.

Meanwhile, the company compares the Quantum Key Distribution Network Federation to international roaming between mobile operators. This technology enables the delivery of quantum-safe communication services no matter whose QKD network they are on by “supporting interworking/federation between QKD networks of different service providers.”

SKT’s Chief Development Officer Ha Min-yong, said, “The approval of these two items by ITU-T carries a significant meaning as they will serve a pivotal role in accelerating the adoption of quantum cryptography communication throughout the globe.”

He added, “We will continue to drive the growth of the quantum ecosystem by taking an active part in the international standardization of quantum technologies and developing attractive services and business cases.”

Furthermore, SKT has also employed projects for the Ministry of Science and ICT, in partnership with the SK Broadband consortium and Swiss-based firm ID Quantique. These projects focus on creating pilot QKD infrastructure and advancing application services for 17 different institutions from the public, medical and industrial sectors.

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