This report echoes one in 2019 by IDATE DigiWorld on the impact of blockchain and decentralisation on media markets.

The study presents the opportunities for CSPs to leverage on blockchain capabilities.

Our analysis is based on a global benchmark of CSP concrete public initiatives in blockchain. These have served to identify the potential internal and external applications for telcos and to draw the market trends.

Based on the development of blockchain-related PoCs, the report focuses on the major use cases that bring added value for CSPs in highlighting stakes and opportunities for each case.

It includes an overview of the positioning of key stakeholders towards the blockchain, covering both major CSPs and key technology providers.

The report goes with an Excel file including a tracker of use cases.

Table of contents

1. Executive Summary

2. Overview of blockchain technology
2.1. Definitions
2.2. Key concepts
2.3. Value proposition
2.4. Offerings

3. Applications of blockchain in telco businesses
3.1. Potential areas for blockchain applications in CSP processes
3.2. Expected benefits from blockchain implementation

4. Applications of blockchain in telco businesses
4.1. Overview of CSP usage of blockchain
4.2. Overview of areas of blockchain adoption in CSP processes
4.3. Overview of CSP-preferred blockchain technology providers
4.4. Summary of CSP blockchain experiments

5. Focus on four use cases: CSPs stakes, opportunities, perspectives
5.1. Inter-carrier settlements and reconciliation
5.2. Identity management
5.3. Payment services
5.4. IoT device connectivity and security

6. Ecosystem
6.1. Telecom blockchain consortia
6.2. Player profile: Telefónica
6.3. Player profile: Deutsche Telekom
6.4. Player profile: Vodafone
6.5. Player profiles: Turkcell and Asia Pacific Telecom
6.6. Player profile: TBCASoft
6.7. Player profile: Clear Blockchain Technologies

7. Market trends
7.1. Drivers
7.2. Barriers
7.3. Perspectives

List of tables and figures

List of tables and figures

Overview of blockchain technology
• Blockchain early vision of a decentralised Internet
• Analysis of the different types of blockchain
• Smart contracts concept
• Main applications use cases
• Overview of the most notable blockchain implementations

Focus on four use cases: CSPs stakes, opportunities, perspectives
• ID creation process via the blockchain (IBM)
• ID creation process via the blockchain (Bussinesline)
• Cross-carrier payment system backed by blockchain
• Blockchain in support of IoT

• Blockchain in supply chain by Telefónica
• Xride shared mobility pilot via blockchain
• Find Unlimited AR game backed by blockchain
• Cross-carrier payment system backed by blockchain
• Cross-carrier identification system backed by blockchain
• Inter-carrier voice settlement scheme

Geographic area



  • Asia Pacific Telecom Co
  • AT&T
  • BlockV
  • BT
  • CBSG Consortia
  • CenturyLink
  • China Mobile
  • Cisco
  • Clear Blockchain
  • Colt Communications
  • ConsenSys
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Ethereum
  • Far EasTone
  • Guardtime
  • Hyperledger
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • KT
  • Linux Foundation
  • MTS Russia
  • Orange
  • PCCW Global
  • SAP
  • SK Telecom
  • SoftBank
  • Sparkle
  • Sprint
  • Tata Com
  • TBCASoft
  • Telecom Italia
  • Telefónica
  • Telstra
  • T-Mobile
  • Turkcell
  • Verizon
  • Vodafone

Other details

  • Reference: M20610MRA
  • Delivery: on the DigiWorld Interactive platform
  • Languages available: English
  • Tags: blockchain, CSPs, Telcos

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