In Moscow, a demonstration of the first Russian quantum phone ViPNet QSS Phone took place. It was developed over three years by the joint efforts of specialists from the Center for Quantum Technologies of Moscow State University named after MV Lomonosov and the Russian company Infoteks. The main task of the device is to provide safe voice and text communication without the possibility of hacking and wiretapping.
During the presentation of the domestic quantum phone in Moscow, he was tested by the National Technology Initiative “Center for Quantum Technologies”. Externally, the device resembles the traditional fixed phones with a handset, but it also has a built-in display and camera for video communication. ViPNet QSS Phone connects to a dedicated server with a switch capable of providing secure communication between 800 subscribers. In addition, the device is connected to an external unit that resembles a desktop computer, where quantum keys are stored.
The phone is based on symmetric encryption of network traffic between subscribers using the quantum key distribution protocol. According to the creators, ViPNet QSS Phone is protected from all known vulnerabilities and cannot be hacked using quantum computers. If a stranger interferes with the conversation, the photons immediately change – and the subscribers immediately learn about the burglary.
ViPNet QSS Phone developers promise that the commercial launch of the phone will take place in 2020. The target audience for this device are structures that need secure communications. According to preliminary estimates, the cost of a set of equipment for one company, including the connection of about 50 telephones, is about 100 million rubles. In the future, this technology may become more accessible.
700 million rubles was invested in the development of a domestic quantum telephone, of which 140 million came from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.