QIA’s mission is to build a global Quantum Internet made in Europe – by developing a full-stack prototype network validating all key sub-systems and by driving an innovative European Quantum Internet ecosystem capable of scaling all sub-systems to world-leading European technology.
Two specific goals advance QIA’s mission. The first goal is to build on QIA’s world-leading team to establish an innovative European platform for Quantum Internet development that is instrumental in building a strong Quantum Internet ecosystem in Europe, in synergy with national and complementary European initiatives. The second goal is to radically advance Quantum Internet technology to build a prototype network that has the potential to become the first of its kind in the world. QIA’s prototype network demands the integration of all Quantum Internet sub-systems into one network system. This provides a unified vision capable of bringing together QIA’s diverse interdisciplinary team from academia, industry, and RTOs, and paves the way for a scaling up QIA’s technology towards a European Quantum Internet in the future.
The moonshot objective of QIA is to build two metropolitan scale networks containing quantum processors, connected by a long-distance fiber backbone using quantum repeaters. This network will be fully programmable to allow the realization of any application supported by the hardware using platform-independent software. The interconnection of two distinct networks will demonstrate QIA’s ability for inter-networking, paving the way towards a true Quantum Internet that connects many more metropolitan networks via a long-distance backbone network.