MWC 2024: The European Quantum Zone Showcases Quantum Innovation

Amidst the vibrant halls of Mobile World Congress 2024, the Quantum Flagship emerged as a beacon of innovation, captivating audiences with its showcase of European quantum technologies. From a live demonstration of QKD to insightful panel discussions, The European Quantum Zone was a focal point of exploration and collaboration, drawing visitors from around the world ready to learn about the future of quantum technology first hand.

During the event, The European Quantum Zone hosted a series of engaging and informative sessions on the main stage of our stand, offering visitors a comprehensive understanding of some of the European quantum projects and initiatives (QIA, QSNP, PASQuans2, QuKomIn, QVLS) as well as an introduction to the companies represented at the booth (LuxQuanta, Quside, Q*Bird, VPI Photonics, Qoolnet – UPM, Qilimanjaro, ThinkQuantum). From panel discussions featuring leading experts in the field to a live demonstration of an ultra-secure video conference call secured using European QKD technology developed by QSNP partners LuxQuanta and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, there was something for everyone interested in quantum technologies.


Live QKD demo. Racks from LuxQuanta and Qoolnet-UPM.

Quantum Discussions Take Center Stage at MWC 2024

One of the highlights of the Quantum Flagship at MWC24 were the Quantum Coffee Talks. Attendees had the opportunity to hear directly from the experts about the quantum revolution in the fields of cryptography, networks and communication, computing and simulation. From ultra-secure communication networks to analogue quantum computers, the impact of quantum technology was on full display in these 10 minutes talks.

Our coordinator Dr. Valerio Pruneri, ICREA Professor at ICFO, had the opportunity to introduce the project during one of the Quantum Coffee Talks, where he talked about the development of quantum cryptography technology and deployment of quantum secure networks. He also moderated a round table about Quantum Communications to Secure the Future where experts Vicente Martín (Professor, UPM), Eleni Diamanti (Research Director, CNRS), Vanesa Díaz (CEO, LuxQuanta), Ismael Pacheco (Product Manager, Cellnex) and Diego López (Tech Expert, Telefónica) talked about the QSNP supply chain and their roles in it.


Quantum Communications to Secure the Future panel discussion with (from left to right) Vicente Martín (Professor, UPM), Eleni Diamanti (Research Director, CNRS), Vanesa Díaz (CEO, LuxQuanta), Ismael Pacheco (Product Manager, Cellnex), Diego López (Tech Expert, Telefónica) and Valerio Pruneri (QSNP Coord. and ICREA Prof., ICFO).

A Nexus for Global Quantum Collaboration

The European Quantum Zone, first and foremost, served as a hub for research and development, but furthermore, it also functioned as a dynamic networking platform. As a result, it attracted a diverse range of visitors from around the world, with our QSNP pod becoming a central meeting point for representatives from various sectors. Specifically, not only did government officials, research institutions, and technology companies converge, but they also actively engaged with our QSNP experts to learn, exchange ideas, and explore potential collaborations.

Among the distinguished guests who graced The European Quantum Zone with their presence were Joaquim Nadal, the Minister of Research and Universities of the Generalitat de Catalunya, along with Gina Tost, the Secretary of Digital Politics of the Generalitat de Catalunya, and Daniel Crespo, the Dean of Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Moreover, John Hoffman, the CEO of GSMA, similarly joined the ranks of those eager to delve into the latest advancements in quantum technologies and understand the European Commission’s pivotal role in propelling research and innovation forward.


Joaquim Nadal, Minister of Research and Universities of the Generalitat de Catalunya visits The European Quantum Zone.

As MWC24 drew to a close, The European Quantum Zone and QSNP’s showcase of quantum technology not only left a lasting impression on attendees but also reaffirmed our unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation and shaping the future. Moreover, by focusing their efforts on the development of quantum technology, the EU is not just poised, but indeed set to lead the way in addressing the challenges of tomorrow. In essence, this showcase served as a testament to the transformative power of quantum technology and the EU’s dedication to harnessing its potential for the betterment of society.


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