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Quantum Computing as a Service Now Is Made Possible, OQC delivers one of the first QCaaS Platforms On The Market

July 16, 2021

Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC) has unveiled its new Quantum Computing as a Service or QCaaS platform. This new platform will give the OQC customers a big step ahead of the competition by implementing quantum technology on the cloud. OCQ has created a beta list of companies that are interested in their new service and want to take advantage of the benefits that quantum computers offer in comparison to classical computing.

This unveiling is a pivotal moment and boosts UK’s ambition in becoming a quantum superpower. Also for the businesses that look forward to using these technologies and their commercial and technical benefits.

As a refresher, OQC has successfully launched UK’s first superconducting quantum computer in 2018, and this announcement marks the day when their technology is available to enterprises around the globe via its private cloud. Also, this announcement makes OQC a pioneer in the QCaaS market.

“The launch of our QCaaS platform is not only a remarkable achievement in the history of Oxford Quantum Circuits, but is a significant milestone in unlocking the potential of quantum computing both in the UK and globally. We know quantum computing has the power to be revolutionary but for decades this power and potential has been relatively untested and unverified in the real world. By making our QCaaS platform more widely available to strategic partners and customers, we are offering the world’s leading enterprises the chance to demonstrate just how far-reaching quantum will be within their industries.”

Dr Ilana Wisby, the CEO of OQC.

QCaaS Is Now Accessible To Partners

OQC is taking their quantum computing technology to the market where partners and customers will indulge in experiments until they eventually make a breakthrough and solve the unsolvable problems in the world.

Cambridge Quantum will be one of the first OQC partners that will be given access to this QCaaS platform and will use the cloud to demonstrate their IronBridge platform focused on cybersecurity. Their platform will extract perfect certified entropy from the quantum computer in order to generate crypto keys. In order to perform their experiments, Cambridge Quantum will have at their disposal one of the OQC quantum systems named “Sofia”. Which is hosted at the company’s lab in the UK. This facility is one of the first commercial quantum computing laboratories in the country.

OQC is still welcoming registrations to their beta list. This will allow sector-leading enterprise customers that are looking to take the advantage of quantum computing for commercial benefits.

How QCaaS Will Improve Scalability For The Fraction Of The Cost

This launch of the new platform is going to be a testament to the scalability of OQC architecture and technological design. Quantum circuits today are mostly built in a two-dimensional plane. This is a limiting factor because this method of fabrication introduces noise. And noise harms the overall coherence inside the quantum device, and this affects the quality of its output.

Coaxmon which is an OQC core innovation is solving these challenges that the two-dimensional architecture has by implementing a three-dimensional architecture that moves the control and measurement wiring of the plane 2D into a 3D configuration. This new method simplifies the fabrication and also boosts the scalability.

OQC radical design innovation and effectiveness accompanied by a team of quantum professionals are driving the company to its goal to help its customers and explore the endless possibilities of quantum computing.

“We are excited to be working with OQC on their first commercially available product. It has long been recognised that the first “killer app” for quantum computers will be in the area of cybersecurity, and we are looking forward to demonstrating that OQC can generate verifiably quantum cryptographic keys for our IronBridge platform.” Khan added, “Ilana and her team represent the very best of breed in the hardware sector in the UK and this bold launch of a quantum processor by a company that has very much been in stealth is a reminder of the depth and diversity of the UK’s quantum technologies sector.”


Ilyas Khan, CEO of Cambridge Quantum

Also, OCQ is a great example of the National Quantum Technologies Programme efforts in supporting the research and growth of startups in this sector.

Quantum Technology For The Enterprise

Some of the businesses that are welcomed to join OCQ beta will be able to test the OQC systems in order to streamline and enhance their business processes. And also experiment with new approaches.
In the long run, quantum technology is going to make a big impact on business operations and also in our lives:

  • Pharmaceutical companies will be able to predict health conditions and also identify new molecules
  • Financial institutions will benefit from the great insight in trading and also will improve their risk management strategies
  • Multinationals will benefit from the quantum aided fleet logistics and optimize supply chains and manufacturing
  • Quantum will also aid the development of new batteries and energy capture technologies
  • More powerful AI algorithms
  • Cryptography and national security

“The UK boasts some of the world’s top innovators and research institutions and this partnership helps reinforce our position as a global leader in quantum computing. Quantum computing can help tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges such as climate change, and UK firms can use this cutting-edge service to boost growth and innovation, and build back better from the pandemic.”


Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman

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