The National Coordinator for the EuroQCI project conducted their first working visit to the Hellas QCI Quantum Communication Network National Coordinator of Greece.

In the period May 15-17, the experts of QUASAR, who coordinate the implementation of the National Plan of Bulgaria for the construction of a quantum communication network in our country, participated in a working meeting with the representatives of the QCI coordinator of the Republic of Greece.

The meeting took place within the framework of the annual ScyLight conference, which is organized in Athens for the sixth consecutive year and is one of the leading events in the field of quantum technologies.

The event was opened by Doreen Bogdan-Martin – Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Organization (ITU) and Dimitar Kaglis – Head of the Directorate “Telecommunications and Space” at the Ministry of Digital Management of the Republic of Greece.

Among the main topics in the working groups were space quantum communication technologies, with a focus on Europe’s cyber security and communication sovereignty.

Numerous scientists from Poland, Germany, France, USA and Italy presented scientific papers presenting the latest trends and challenges of optical technologies and their role in increasing the efficiency, security and sustainability of European satellites and in protecting data in critical infrastructures. Particular attention was made to the need to attract and encourage European industry and businesses, which will have a leading role in the implementation and improvement of quantum technologies on the territory of the European Union.

The QUASAR team also had the opportunity to visit and get acquainted on site in the city of Kalavrita with the first optical ground-based telescope in Europe, built by the European Space Agency, within the framework of the SAGA project.

As part of the first demonstration phase of the implementation of the National Plans of the EU Member States for the construction of quantum communication networks, the teams of Bulgaria and Greece will bring the first long-distance optical routes to the Kulata border crossing, which is expected in year 2024 to be connected by a common interconnector connection.