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BLOCKCHAIN AND TELECOMS

31.12.2018
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By Dave Michels

Blockchain technology is widely discussed. Depending on who you ask, it is either a foundational technology, poised to disrupt and transform a wide range of industries – or a passing fad used to move around make-believe money online. Admittedly, cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are, to date, the only largescale, real-world deployments of blockchain technology. Nonetheless, many companies are testing and developing prototypes and launching pilot projects. Though financial technology companies are firmly in the lead, telecoms operators are also experimenting with blockchain technology. A recent report forecasts that the blockchain-fortelecoms market will grow from around $50m in 2018 to almost $1bn in 2023.

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How will blockchain technology impact telecoms policy? DAVE MICHELS is your guide to this much-hyped technology and its applications.

Intermedia Issue:
Volume 46, Issue 04
Issue Date:
December 2018
Theme:
Governance, Innovation and Content
Dave Michels Dave Michels Researcher at the Cloud Legal Project, Queen Mary University of London; co-author of “Blockchain demystified” in the Richmond Journal of Law and Technology

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