SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 30
November 2021 - SpeQtral, an emerging leader in quantum-secure
communication systems, announced that it has successfully closed a US$8.3 million financing led by Xora Innovation, an
early-stage deep science investment platform of Temasek.
With quantum cryptography
fast becoming mainstream and the Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) market expected
to be worth US$20 billion by 2035,
this latest capital injection will allow SpeQtral to strengthen its position as
a quantum-secure communications company. Specifically, the funds will be used
to expand SpeQtral's regional and international presence, establish strategic
business partnerships, hire top talent, support the commercial rollout of
terrestrial systems, and further develop its satellite-based systems.
While the emergence of
fully functional quantum computers will spur breakthroughs in optimisation
problems for applications across a broad spectrum of industries, it is only a
matter of time before the same computational capabilities are used to break the
fundamental cryptographic principles that safeguard today's data communications
– principally, public key encryption (PKE).
SpeQtral is on a
mission to deliver tamper-proof and computationally uncrackable encryption keys,
within and across global communications networks, securing data against present
and future threats brought on by advances in computing. Together with partners,
SpeQtral is reinventing cryptography for the quantum age, using satellites in
low earth orbit to secure data networks across the globe.
technology solution is a crucial element in building global quantum-secure
communication networks. QKD uses quantum physics, as opposed to current
mathematically based encryption technologies, to distribute symmetric
encryption keys that can be used to secure communication networks. By using the
laws of physics to generate the keys rather than mathematical algorithms, SpeQtral's
QKD platform enables the creation and distribution of computationally
uncrackable encryption keys.
"Secure data communication is foundational to the 'web
of trust' between buyers, sellers, and intermediaries in the modern digital
economy," said Donna See, CEO of Xora Innovation. "SpeQtral's QKD technology
enables critical solutions for governments and enterprises seeking to ensure
this web of trust in the quantum age. We are very excited to be a part of
accelerating SpeQtral's growth and success."
Chune Yang Lum,
Co-founder and CEO of SpeQtral, said "We are honoured to welcome our new investors,
Xora Innovation and TIS, and are deeply appreciative of the continued support
of our original investors who continue to believe in our vision. We feel very fortunate to have investors who
are committed to rolling up their sleeves and helping us deliver best-in-class quantum
technologies to governments, defence agencies, financial services institutions,
data centres, cloud and telecommunication service providers."