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ETSI's Director General Drills Down Into 5G

At Mobile World Congress, Luis Jorge Romero, director general of ETSI, talks about the industry body's focus on key areas of 5G R&D, including edge computing, virtualization and automated network management, and provides an update on blockchain and AI efforts. 

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A Clear Path to Blockchain in Telecom

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Why CSG Is Betting on Blockchain

Blockchain technologies have reached into several sectors, including advanced advertising, during this technology hype-cycle. Now CSG Systems is diving into the mix to test how blockchain techniques can streamline complicated multi-year roaming contracts and inter-carrier agreements.

That work is being centered at a new CSG-run lab, based in Cape Town, South Africa, that will also kick the tires on other ways that blockchain and its distributed approach can be applied across the company's entire wholesale product line.

But the biggest opportunity for now appears to be in the inter-carrier settlement arena, according to Chad Dunavant, CSG's head of global management. Another potentially key area could be international roaming, which involves hundreds of operators.

Managed Security Services Are a Big Telco Opportunity

Cisco Security Head Gee Rittenhouse talks with Light Reading's Mitch Wagner about how network operators can use AI, machine learning, blockchain and other emerging technologies to protect against threats. 

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Colt Exec Bigs Up Blockchain Benefits

Fahim Sabir, Colt's director of architecture and development for Colt on Demand, explains how the use of blockchain can help to automate specific manual processes and save hundreds of working hours.

Deutsche Börse Group is investing in distributed ledger technology

Deutsche Börse Group is investing an unspecified sum in Custodigit, a distributed ledger technology (DLT) startup founded in 2018 by Swisscom and fintech specialist Sygnum. The investment is part of a "strategic partnership" between the trio to "jointly build out and grow a trusted and regulatory compliant financial market infrastructure for digital assets." Like other telcos, Swisscom is looking to diversify and explore the potential of emerging technologies such as DLT, which has been used to develop applications such as blockchain. Swisscom formed a blockchain subsidiary in late 2017.

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Blockchain Can Automate Inter-Carrier Connections

Service interconnection is changing, requiring automation on the front end to enable end-to-end connections but also on the back end to handle commercial agreements at scale, says Marc Halbfinger, CEO of PCCW Global. 

That is where blockchain can come in to facilitate automation by coding contracts so that parameters for settlement and dispute are baked in and can be automated. Halbfinger explains where current demos and deployments are, both in terms of the technology and the governance model.

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