Quantum for 6G communication: A perspective

Muhammad Zulfiqar Ali*, Abdoalbaset Abohmra, Muhammad Usman, Adnan Zahid, Hadi Heidari, Muhammad Ali Imran, Qammer H. Abbasi*

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In the technologically changing world, the demand for ultra-reliable, faster, low power, and secure communication has significantly risen in recent years. Researchers have shown immense interest in emerging quantum computing (QC) due to its potentials of solving the computing complexity in the robust and efficient manner. It is envisioned that QC can act as critical enablers and strong catalysts to considerably reduce the computing complexities and boost the future of sixth generation (6G) and beyond communication systems in terms of their security. In this study, the fundamentals of QC, the evolution of quantum communication that encompasses a wide spectrum of technologies and applications and quantum key distribution, which is one of the most promising applications of quantum security, have been presented. Furthermore, various parameters and important techniques are also investigated to optimise the performance of 6G communication in terms of their security, computing, and communication efficiency. Towards the end, potential challenges that QC and quantum communication may face in 6G have been highlighted along with future directions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-124
Number of pages13
JournalIET Quantum Communication
Issue number3
Early online date31 May 2023
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023


  • 6G communication
  • quantum communication
  • quantum computing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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