Quantum computing will propel humanity into a new era of technology-powered progress. In so doing, it will offer an at-present unquantifiable opportunity to solve some of the biggest challenges facing the planet.

That brings telecommunications providers ever closer to a potentially monumental cybersecurity challenge. The quantum threat is that the technology will provide a means to decrypt any data currently protected by public key infrastructure (PKI) cryptography – most of the communications currently traversing telco networks.

The telecommunications industry needs to start planning for this today – the financial services sector has already begun, following the lead of government.

This paper, with contributions and insights from GSMA Intelligence, explains where the risks are lurking and the five steps to start the journey to quantum safety.

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