Blockchain technology puts communications service providers (CSPs) on the brink of a $1 trillion-plus opportunity: playing a key role in tracking and transferring value across billions of devices, sensors and other entities where their Pervasive Network plays a part.

At its most basic level, blockchain—a subset of distributed ledger technology (DLT)—is a new type of database system, distributed.

Blockchain technology allows multiple stakeholders to confidently and securely access identical copies of distributed data. There is no need to run a costly and slow inter-organization data reconciliation process.

CSPs’ revenue growth opportunity lies in combining their strengths in connectivity and trust with blockchain’s advantages in security, trust and speed. A few promising use cases include:

  1. Digital identity management: Using blockchain, end users can control access to their personal information, with CSPs acting as trusted authorities for the user’s identity, collecting and releasing biometric and other user data as desired.
  2. IoT disintermediation: Leveraging their existing involvement in the IoT ecosystem, CSPs can deliver a value-added trust capability through digital identity validations and assuring the integrity of device transactions.
  3. Management of cross-carrier payments: Using blockchain technology, CSPs can facilitate rapid, secure, variable-sized payments among the members of their aggregated user base of 5 billion.

Read more to learn how blockchain can drive new opportunities for individual CSPs and the industry as a whole.

About the Authors

Emma Mcguigan

Senior Managing Director​


Adriano Poloni

Managing Director


Emmanuel Vialle

Managing Director


Richard Meszaros

Managing Director


Amol Phadke

Managing Director

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