Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) is a method of securing communication that uses principles of quantum mechanics. It allows two parties to produce a shared random secret key known only to them, which can then be used to encrypt and decrypt messages. QKD relies on the quantum mechanical properties of particles, usually photons, to encrypt information. The security of QKD keys depends on the fundamental laws of physics rather than computational complexity. QKD is one of the most promising applications of quantum physics and has wide ranging applications in healthcare, banking, defense and cybersecurity industries where securing confidential data communication is critical.
The global Quantum Key Distribution Market is estimated to be valued at US$ 2.07 Bn in 2023 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 12% over the forecast period 2023 to 2030, as highlighted in a new report published by Coherent Market Insights.
Increasing Demand for Secured Data Communication: With the growing volume of sensitive data being transmitted over the internet daily, the demand for ultra-secure communication platforms has increased significantly. QKD offers information-theoretic security which cannot be broken even with unlimited computing power making it ideal for encrypting highly classified data communication for defense agencies, financial institutions etc. This increasing demand for securing confidential data is a major driver expected to propel the quantum key distribution market growth over the forecast period.
Growing Adoption of Cloud Computing: The increasing adoption of cloud computing services especially in small and medium enterprises has led to massive surge in data traffic over public networks. However, cloud platforms also face higher security risks of data theft and cyberattacks. Quantum key distribution provides a reliable solution to protect sensitive data stored and shared on cloud from advanced cyber threats. Thus, the rising dependency on cloud is expected to generate substantial demand for QKD technology during the forecast period.
The quantum key distribution market is dominated by the quantum cryptography sub-segment. Quantum cryptography enables absolutely secure communication of encrypted messages through the laws of quantum mechanics. It works by having the communicating parties generate an encryption key through the use of quantum properties like entanglement and no-cloning. This method is regarded as being exceptionally secure since any attempt to intercept communications is detected and destroys the key. The generation of absolutely secure encryption keys makes quantum cryptography highly useful for applications requiring the highest levels of security like cryptographic systems and military communications.
Political: Quantum cryptography has widespread support from governments due to its potential to achieve unbreakable encryption. Many countries are actively funding R&D to improve its systems and infrastructure.
Economic: Factors like growing cybersecurity threats and increasing use of networked devices are major incentives for businesses and governments to adopt quantum cryptography. Its ability to ensure data privacy even against future quantum computers further makes it an attractive long term solution.
Social: Concerns around data privacy and security are rising in society with growing digitization. Quantum cryptography addresses these concerns by providing theoretically unbreakable security to protect sensitive data and communications.
Technological: Significant advances in developing entanglement sources, detectors, quantum memories and networks are expanding the capabilities of quantum key distribution. Falling costs of its core components is also supporting the technology’s commercialization.
The global quantum key distribution market share is expected to witness high growth over the forecast period supported by rising cybersecurity threats and increasing digitization. The global Quantum Key Distribution Market is estimated to be valued at US$ 2.07 Bn in 2023 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 12% over the forecast period 2023 to 2030.
The North American region currently dominates due to extensive funding by defense agencies and presence of key players. North America is the leading regional market for quantum key distribution driven by funding from DARPA, NASA and defense organizations towards development of secure quantum communication systems. The U.S. government’s National Quantum Initiative Act also supports the technology’s advancement and applications.
Key players: Key players operating in the quantum key distribution market are Pfizer, Inc., Bristol Myers Squibb Company, Amgen Inc., Sanofi SA, Novartis AG and F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG. Pfizer and Merck have a prominent share due to their wide portfolio and pipeline of innovative drugs
1. Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
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