Blockchain: Opportunities for MNOs
2017.10.26   |   37 pages   |   Digital IoT & M2M

Author:
Anne Dupuy-Cambier


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Blockchain technology has the potential to reshape the digital economy and disrupt business model in many industries, including telecommunications. 

Although it is a nascent technology, mainly associated today with crypto-currency, blockchain applications are evolving and next-generation blockchain systems are being developed.  Within this dynamic ecosystem, where large company consortia and vibrant start-ups cohabit, MNOs must dedicate time and resources to investigate application of the technology within core business areas, to avoid missed opportunities in the longer term.

 

Companies: Ethereum, the DAO, slock.it, Hyperledger, Ammbr, EncryptoTel, Guardtime, SMSCHAIN, Orange Silicon Valley, Verizon Ventures, Telstra Ventures, BT, AT&T, Sprint, SoftBank, TBCASoft, Far EasTone, Techruption, KPN, Swisscom, La Poste Tunisienne, Du, Telia,

Countries: USA, Europe, Asia, Africa, Singapore, Estonia, Russia, UAE, Tunisia, Sweden,

Keywords: ICO, Consortium, blockchain, crypto currenty, IoT Connectivity, Digital Identity, Roaming, 5G Network, fraud prevention, Management System, patent, private blockchain, Venture Capital, public blockchain, permissioned blockchain, Identity Management, bitcoin,

1

Overview

1

2

Introduction

2

2.1

Background to the Report

2

2.2

Report Content

2

2.3

Currency and Conversions

3

2.4

Further Questions and Feedback

3

3

Blockchain: An Innovative Technology

4

3.1

The Role of Blockchain Technology

4

3.2

Definition and Key Features

4

3.3

Public, Private and Permissioned Blockchains

5

3.4

Next-Generation Blockchain

7

3.5

Blockchain Risks and Benefits

9

4

Blockchain Ecosystem Dynamics

13

4.1

Awareness, Investment and Deployment

13

4.2

Market Size and Growth

15

4.3

Ecosystem Landscape

16

4.3.1

Application and Players

16

4.3.2

Emergence of Consortia

17

4.3.3

Blockchain Start-up Ecosystem

19

4.4

Blockchain Start-Ups Focussing on Telecoms

20

4.4.1

Ammbr

20

4.4.2

EncryptoTel

22

4.4.3

Guardtime

23

4.4.4

SMSCHAIN

24

5

Blockchain and the MNO Value Chain

26

5.1

Introduction

26

5.2

Exploration Phase Examples

26

5.2.1

Venture Capital Investment

26

5.2.1.1

Orange Silicon Valley

26

5.2.1.2

Verizon Ventures

27

5.2.1.3

Telstra Ventures

28

5.2.2

Patent Race

28

5.2.3

Consortia

28

5.2.3.1

Carrier Blockchain Study Group (CBSG)

28

5.2.3.2

Techruption and KPN

29

5.2.4

Swisscom Blockchain Subsidiary

29

5.3

New Services

30

5.3.1

Tunisian DigiCash Platform

30

5.3.2

du Healthcare Partnership

31

5.3.3

Telia Identity Verification and Smart Contract

32

5.4

Future Blockchain Strategies

33

5.4.1

Fraud prevention (Identity and Roaming)

33

5.4.2

IoT Connectivity

34

5.4.3

Management Systems and Network Support

35

6

Key Findings and Recommendations

36

 

Appendix – Feedback Questions

38

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