Adastral Park prepares for major role in National Quantum Communications Initiative

June 11, 2015


More than 70 start-ups, SMEs and IT companies based at BT’s Adastral Park tech cluster in Ipswich, Suffolk, have the opportunity to play a crucial role in the cutting-edge world of quantum communications, according to BT’s Managing Director of Research and Innovation – Dr Tim Whitley.

Members of Innovation Martlesham were invited to take part in the development of new commercial products and services based on pioneering quantum research, as part of a new ‘Quantum Communications Hub’.

This Hub – a consortium of universities, government bodies and industry players led by the University of York – is one of four that make up the new National Network of Quantum Technology Hubs, established with £270m of government funding. The intention is to kick-start the development of whole new industries based on quantum technologies, and build a new market for quantum products and services in the UK.

Dr Whitley, presenting alongside Professor Tim Spiller, Director of the new National Quantum Communications Hub, and Richard Murray, Technologist at Innovate UK, at a special event for the Innovation Martlesham cluster on 10 June said: “Quantum Communications is an exciting new frontier in communications research, and the UK has a chance to lead the world in developing and exploiting this technology. We’re excited that BT and other Adastral Park companies will have the opportunity to play a significant role in this cutting-edge work over the coming years.

BT has been conducting its own research into Quantum Communications at Adastral Park for several years, focusing on Quantum Key Distribution, an advanced technique for securely sharing ‘keys’ used in encrypted communications.

The company will build on this work as part of the Hub, with BT researchers looking to test how quantum techniques might be applied to various aspects of telecommunications, including transferring data securely over networks, developing new secure services for clients, and new security apps.

The hub will also provide a range of opportunities for businesses in the Innovation Martlesham cluster to push the boundaries of this new field.

To find out more, visit:

Quantum Project Website:

InnovateUK Website:

EPSRC Press release:

National Quantum Strategy:

BT Press Release


***  UPCOMING EVENT  –  15th October 2015, Adastral Park ***

Building on this exclusive IM Event with the Quantum Communications Hub in June, all four Hubs of the new Quantum Technology National Network will be coming to Adastral Park to highlight the industrial and commercial possibilities of the technology and its applications.

You will learn about the ICT business opportunities being enabled by this strategic national initiative from the four Hubs that have been established to help businesses exploit them.

Further information about this event and details on how to register for this event will be published shortly.

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(Pictured left to right: Dr Tim Whitley, Managing Director of Research and Innovation, BT, Richard Murray,Technologist at Innovate UK, Professor Tim Spiller, Director of the new National Quantum Communications Hub, and Jon Wakeling, Alternative Technology Exploitation, BT)

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