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Blockchain in the Telecom Industry

  • ID: 4990420
  • Report
  • February 2020
  • Region: Global
  • 103 Pages
  • Critical Markets


  • Camelot ITLab
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • Samsung
  • Sony
  • Swisscom
  • MORE

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The telecom industry has been providing almost all the necessary infrastructure for the blockchain technology to operate. Blockchain itself is in a very nascent and untested stage, and there is no real-life example of its applications on a substantial scale, except crypto business. Besides the finance industry, where cryptocurrencies storm the world, there is comparatively very little known about its applications in other industries.

However, that does not imply that there is not much happening elsewhere. Almost all other industries somehow involved in exploring how the blockchain can work for their businesses. So far, most of these projects are either on a pilot-scale or partially nested in collaboration with the existing platforms.

Unlike other industries, the telecom industry faces a unique challenge which is the extra-large customer base in the form of multi-billion phone subscribers. The ecosystem can be further complicated with cross networks, international calls and roaming.

For telecom companies, to build expertise and develop applications on a universal scale requires multi-billion investments. Such a huge investment in an uncharted field involves high risks that deter companies to spearhead by its own. Not withstanding, this has encouraged telecom companies to work together in a consortium to share knowledge and costs. Some companies are employing a dual strategy by developing in-house expertise as well as also joined consortiums and investment partnerships with other companies.

There are various partnerships in the telecom industry on a global scale, for instance, Carrier Blockchain Study Group (CBSG) aiming to specifically develop a blockchain platform for telecom carriers addressing digital payments, authentication, IoT, clearing and settlement etc. Similarly, the ITW Global Leaders’ Forum (GLF) with the involvement of its members completed a multi-lateral blockchain Proof of Concept (PoC) to settle voice transactions between multiple carriers in minutes rather than hours.

The publisher understands that similar to carriers companies, regulators, equipment vendors and handsets manufacturers are also equally involved in developing the blockchain technology. For instance, Deutsche Telekom is working in partnership with Camelot ITLab and SAP for building a global blockchain system that can block and erase personal data from the stolen phones. Zipper and Jolla partnered to make blockchain based platform for Sony Xperia devices, while Samsung is rumoured to introduce blockchain features in the upcoming Galaxy S10. Major blockchain platform providers such as Microsoft, IBM, SAP and Oracle are also actively involved with telecom companies. On a state level, Switzerland’s state-owned telecoms provider Swisscom is joining hands with the national postal service Swiss Post for national blockchain infrastructure.

The publisher ascertains that most of the use cases are aiming for process optimisation, while some are experimenting with entirely new services & business models. So far, telecom companies are mainly concentrating on OSS/BSS process and supply chain management, where currently there is a minimal threat for these established companies from new entrants. However, in addition to their strongholds, more to be done to capture the new revenue generation streams such as mobile payments and banking, a marketplace for unused capacity and IoT connectivity.

Key questions answered

  • How will blockchain technology reshape the telecom sector?
  • How are some key companies applying the blockchain in the telecom market?
  • What will be the main threats and opportunities for the blockchain in telecom?
  • What will be the major drivers behind the fast growth of blockchain in telecom?
  • The current and future demand dynamics of blockchain technology in various regions
  • Blockchain technology and key developments in the telecom sector
  • Detailed discussions on market strategies and competitive landscapes
  • SWOT analysis of blockchain in telecom
  • Key trend and developments assessments

Opportunity Assessment of Blockchain Technology in the Telecom Market: Key Areas covered

  • Applications
  • Platforms
  • Use cases
  • Key developments
  • Key players in the industries
  • SWOT Analysis

Who should buy this report?

  • Telecom companies including carriers, equipment and service providers
  • Information technology companies operating in the blockchain
  • Blockchain technology companies
  • Government bodies
  • Industry consultants, researchers and analysts
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  • Camelot ITLab
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • Samsung
  • Sony
  • Swisscom
  • MORE

Chapter 1 - Executive Summary
1.1 Key findings

Chapter 2 - Introduction
2.1 Blockchain system
2.2 Blockchain in the telecom sector
2.3 Methodology

Chapter 3 - Applications
3.1 Business models for blockchain technology

Chapter 4 - Market Analysis
4.1 Key telecom companies and blockchain technology

Chapter 5 - SWOT Analysis
5.1 Strengths
5.2 Weaknesses
5.3 Opportunities
5.4 Threats

Chapter 6 - Growth Assessment - Drivers and Restraints
6.1 Drivers
6.2 Restraints

Chapter 7 - Conclusions and Recommendations
7.1 Conclusion
7.2 Recommendations

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  • Camelot ITLab
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • IBM
  • Jolla
  • Microsoft
  • Oracle
  • Samsung
  • SAP
  • Sony
  • Swiss Post
  • Swisscom
  • Zipper
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The researchers have used a broad range of primary and secondary data to assess the market for the mobile market in terms of subscribers and technological splits. The starting point of their research was employing a literature review and extensive market research where they used a number of external sources, for instance, government bodies, national and international industry associations, company reports and data, market stakeholders’ opinions, industry news, policy documents, government bodies, etc.

The publisher has then incorporated all their market assessment data into the publisher's proprietary detailed model which encompassed the whole country’s mobile market. The publisher has developed numerous validation tools that continuously crossed checked the robustness of their market assessment and to identify any anomalies.

For their market forecasts, the publisher has developed a forecast model that was underpinned by an econometric model. The publisher has considered a number of variables in the publisher's forecasts including GDP, Population, GDP per capita income, CPI, etc. In the forecast, they have also used SWOT analysis to understand the impact of various factors influencing the growth of the mobile industry.

Both their historical and forecast data have also been crossed checked by socio-economic approach (considering variables such as population, macroeconomic conditions, cost of having connection/handset) and bottom-up approach (collating and analyzing industry variables such as a number of connections, cell phone/smartphones numbers, mobile internet, etc).

The mobile internet segment is specifically showing those connections which are used in non-mobile devices such as mobile dongles, mobile tablets, etc, used mainly to get connected to the internet. The researchers assume that these connections will not be able to make calls.

The researchers assume that 5G service will start at the end of 2021, though the relative market share will remain relatively lower.

The publisher expects that growth in mobile phone connection will be on a downward trajectory at the start of the forecast period for various reasons including a slowdown in demand for pre-paid connections, market saturation, increased interaction through mobile application and internet calls.

Aims of the study:

  • A robust assessment and forecasts of a country’s mobile market.
  • To make an accurate and realistic market assessment and forecasts of the number of total mobile subscribers, mobile connections splits, Mobile Internet connections, smartphones holders, etc
  • Identify major drivers and restraints and their implications for the industry.
  • Competitor landscape in a country’s mobile market
  • The country regulatory landscape