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Blockchain in telecoms: revisiting use cases and challenges

Enrique Velasco-Castillo Senior Analyst, Research

"Blockchain’s potential must be set against the practical realities of implementing production-ready telecoms systems in highly regulated verticals."

Blockchain in telecoms: revisiting use cases and challenges

Operators have launched new initiatives to capitalise on blockchain opportunities, since our first report on the subject in June 2016. Global operators are deploying pilot implementations, developing intellectual property and investing in players that may become market leaders in the future.

This report provides:

  • a discussion of the key issues that operators and vendors must address in applying distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) to telecoms use cases
  • an analysis of the current statuses of and emerging challenges around:
    • scalability
    • legacy systems integration
    • security
    • fit with telecoms use cases
    • standardisation
  • recommendations for telecoms operators and vendors that are developing distributed ledger solutions or evaluating their technical and commercial merits.