• Technical Conference:  30 March – 03 April 2025
  • Exhibition: 01 – 03 April 2025
  • Moscone Center, San Francisco, California, USA

QKD – An End-Game or Just a Stepping Stone to the Quantum Internet?

Sunday, 24 March, 16:00 – 18:30

Room 7

Some see QKD as the end-game - all other quantum comms applications are vague and lacking usefulness (e.g. quantum digital-payments, quantum money, etc). Others see trusted-node QKD networks as a stepping stone ultimately leading to a secure network based on quantum repeaters. Yet others believe that the security benefits are not worth-while since PQC is a more practical solution, and see trusted node QKD networks as merely an early stage testbed for a quantum internet with the true goal being to connect quantum computers. Which of these viewpoints is the most realistic or are they all valid? Or, are none of them actually likely to find long term applications?


Tobias Gehring, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Gregory Kanter, NuCrypt, United States

Andrew Lord, BT, United Kingdom


Noel Goddard, Qunnect, United States

Bruno Huttner, IDQuantique, Switzerland

Prem Kumar, Northwestern University, United States

Robert Keys, Ciena, United States

John Prisco, SafeQuantum, United States

Andrew Shields, Toshiba, United Kingdom

Feihu Xu, USTC, China