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Quantum computers can help us give the best experience to our customers such as where to place our antennas for optimal connectivity - Vodafone and IBM on Quantum Computing

25 Oct 2023Technology news
2 minute read

Quantum Computing is arguably the biggest revolution in computing since the 1950s, according to Luke Ibbetson, Head of Research & Development at Vodafone. That’s why Vodafone and IBM have joined forces to explore this technology and the possibilities it brings.

While today’s computers can collect, store and analyse data effectively, the promise of quantum computing takes processing power to the next level.

However, we won’t see quantum computers necessarily replace traditional computers.

“It’s a way of computing that will complement classical computers to be able to solve problems that we can’t solve today,” explains Lory Thorpe, IBM Quantum.

Watch as Luke and Lory tell us more.


Delivering better customer outcomes

Starting our partnership with IBM last year, we’re working together to assess a diverse set of Vodafone use cases which may allow us to gain a quantum advantage and result in a better and more secure experience for our customers.

“We see two main areas at the moment,” says Luke. “One around machine learning, one around optimisation.”

In optimisation, quantum computers could help us solve very complex challenges which are difficult to solve by traditional means. For example, helping us decide where best to place our antennas and base stations or where to deploy broadband fibre cables to maximise the customer experience, drive better coverage and reduce costs.

In machine learning, quantum computers could help us to detect patterns in data, which we otherwise cannot observe; from anomaly detection in our networks, through to predictive allocation of computing resources which improves energy efficiency. We also use machine learning for fraud detection, helping keep customers and their data safe.

These are just initial areas we see benefitting from this technology. Another key field is in security.

Improving security

While Quantum Computing holds immense potential for good, as they become more powerful, they could break industry standard encryptions and digital signature algorithms.

Cryptography is used everywhere. For the telecoms industry, it provides the building blocks that are used to secure networks, devices, and systems. That’s why we’re already working with IBM to build Quantum-Safe Cryptography that will protect traditional data and systems from future quantum computers.

Stay tuned for our next discussion with Luke and Lory when we will talk about the Quantum-Safe solutions we’re developing.

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