IT&E’s network will soon be equipped with quantum key distribution technology through its partnership with SK Telecom.
The new technology will strengthen the security of 5G and LTE data transmission and reception utilizing technology by ID Quantique, the global leader in quantum cryptography communication. SK Telecom invested in ID Quantique in February 2018.
Quantum key distribution prevents hacking and digital eavesdropping. The technology generates a random secret key that encrypts and decrypts messages between two parties to prevent any outside party from accessing the data.
According to IT&E, it has invested $200,000 in quantum cryptography technology.
“Quantum cryptography will drive new levels of innovation and security around the world. We’re excited to work with SK Telecom and ID Quantique to bring this technology to the Marianas. IT&E’s data network will be the securest network on Guam and the CNMI,” Jim Oehlerking, CEO of IT&E, said in a news release.
According to IT&E, there is a global movement to implement and standardize quantum cryptography to boost the security of telecommunications, as well as in the fields of finance, health care and others and SK Telecom and ID Quantique are playing a pivotal role in the global standardization of quantum key distribution and quantum random number generation technologies.
In September 2018, IT&E announced its strategic partnership with SK Telecom, the largest mobile operator in Korea. The alliance allows IT&E to draw from SK Telecom’s wealth of knowledge gained from its 5G network deployments.