HANGZHOU, China -- The Alibaba Group and the government-affiliated Chinese Academy of Sciences will work together on research and development of practical applications of quantum cryptography for secure data transmission.
The academy and Alibaba's cloud computing subsidiary, Aliyun, cofounded a quantum computing laboratory in Shanghai in July. With the recent announcement, the partners have embarked on R&D and plan to start large-scale verification experiments by the end of the year.
The announcement did not include a definite timeline, but the technologies the two develop will be leveraged to improve the reliability of Alibaba Group's cloud services.
Countries are rushing to develop quantum cryptography, an advanced form of encryption. This collaboration in China will only intensify the race with such nations as Japan and the U.S.
Alibaba also announced the start of a business to support entrepreneurs using the cloud in a tie-up with Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics contract manufacturing giant. Alibaba will offer its technologies for big data analysis, and Foxconn will contribute its knowledge of product design, patenting and parts supply networks.