Tokyo, Japan, 29th Nov 2022: Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation and Toshiba Europe Limited, a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, (collectively Toshiba Group) with BT Group plc (BT) have been named the winners of the UK-Japan Partnership category for their longstanding partnership and contribution to the development of quantum secure communications at the British Business Awards 2022, organised by the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ).
The award aims to recognise joint-ventures and other partnerships between organisations that have made significant contributions toward economic or commercial relations between Japan and the UK. BT and Toshiba Group were commended for their many years collaboration and research that has advanced the field of quantum communications and opened up opportunities for it to contribute to wider society.
This partnership culminated in the launch of the world’s first* commercial trial of a quantum secured metro network in London earlier this year. Opened in April, the BT-operated network provides a range of quantum secured services to commercial customers, thanks to Toshiba’s groundbreaking quantum key distribution (QKD) technology.
Set to operate for up to three years, the trial network ensures that users like global consultancy firm EY can effectively secure transmissions of sensitive data between physical locations against the threat posed by quantum computers. This is an important step toward fulfilling the UK Government’s strategic intent to develop a quantum-secure economy by 2030.
Toshiba Group and BT will continue to work closely together on developing the commercialisation of the technology and making it available to more customers, alongside ongoing R&D to enhance quantum secure communications for UK and Japanese businesses.
For the past 15 years, the BCCJ has recognised the outstanding contributions of UK and Japanese companies to both business excellence and the economic relations between the two countries through The British Business Awards.
Toshiba Group’s receipt of the award demonstrates its commitment to bringing the best of Japanese society and culture to the UK and the wider world. Alongside the continued partnership with BT to advance quantum secure communications solutions in the UK and elsewhere, Toshiba Group is set to move to a new European headquarters in Staines-upon-Thames next year.
For more details on the British Business Awards 2022 and the winners, please visit the BCCJ’s website.
For more details on Toshiba Group’s work in the UK and partnership with BT, please visit the Toshiba website.