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Belgium-Brussels: Study on the System Architecture of a Quantum Communication Infrastructure — CNECT/LUX/2020/CPN/0062
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Study on the System Architecture of a Quantum Communication Infrastructure — CNECT/LUX/2020/CPN/0062
The objective is to conduct a system study to define the architecture and design the system of a Quantum Communication Infrastructure (QCI) for both the Terrestrial and Space segments. The tender will provide a roadmap for the deployment of the architecture with the key technologies and technology components required for the terrestrial and space segment, including R&D efforts. The costs and timelines associated to the different phases of the deployment will be explained and detailed. The architecture will have to be modular and scalable to include any new application or technology when available. This tender is part of a coordinated call with the European Space Agency (ESA) which will launch the same study but for the space segment of the architecture. The present call addresses only the terrestrial segment.
To conduct a study designing the detailed system architecture for deployment scenarios of a European Quantum Communication Infrastructure (EuroQCI), in compliance with user and security requirements already obtained. The study should include an implementation roadmap, including the costs and timelines associated with each phase. The architecture should be modular and scalable, to allow for the integration of future applications and technologies.
The successful tenderer will be required to work in full coordination with the industrial entities/consortia chosen by the European Space Agency to design the architecture for the EuroQCI’s space segment.
The contracting authority intents to award two contracts with maximum budget of EUR 2 500 000/contract under the condition that there are enough tenders that pass the ‘best price/quality ratio.’
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
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Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
24 member states have signed a declaration undertaking to work together, with the European Commission and with the support of the European Space Agency, to conduct preparatory work exploring the benefits and feasibility of building a EuroQCI spanning the entire EU with both terrestrial and space segments. The present study is a component of this preparatory work.