Blockchain use cases in telecom

36 blockchain applications: What’s next?

In our first report, we covered eight of the most exciting blockchain applications for telcos. In this report, we look at what else can it be used for. It explores 36 potential blockchain use cases for telecoms, identifying the current pain point, how blockchain could help, the business driver for telcos, and real world examples.

Moving beyond the lab: How to make blockchain pay

Despite a lot of hype over the last few years, there has been little progress on blockchain in the telecoms industry beyond proofs of concept. This report identifies why blockchain hasn’t gained more traction and provides a framework to assess the potential value of blockchain use cases in telecoms. It then looks in depth at the structure and business model for eight promising use cases.​

Elisa Automate

Elisa Automate: Growing value with sisu

Finnish telco, Elisa, repeatedly achieves surprising wins with innovative new propositions. For example, it now sells Elisa Automate, its fully automated Network Operations Centre (NOC), to other telcos. Most telcos buy their NOCs from vendors. How does this relatively small telco punch so much above its weight? At the heart of the answer is a Finnish word which cannot directly be translated to English: sisu.

The IoT is dead: Long live the I4T – the Internet for Things

It’s hard to make things work in the IoT – it’s anything but plug and play. This report outlines why, what is needed, and current leading-edge efforts to achieve it. To deliver the benefits of the Coordination Age, all manner of “things” will need to be able to discover each other and communicate more autonomously. For this to happen easily and securely a new enabler is needed: the Internet for Things (I4T).

Consumer Wi-Fi: Faster, smarter and near-impossible to replace

While 5G continues to occupy 90% of the industry’s focus, Wi-Fi is quietly entrenching its role for consumers, especially in the home. It is central to media consumption and domestic IoT. In its 20th anniversary year, how will the new WiFi6 – along with whole-home meshes – make it even harder to displace? And how should telcos and others play?

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