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Blockchain has become a disruptive force making its way across industries. As CSPs consider adopting the technology, there are lessons to be learned from the early adopters of blockchain technology.


  • Potential applications of blockchain in telecoms include improving the interconnect processes, the management of partner ecosystems, and identity management.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand what blockchain is.
  • Compare how enterprises outside of telecoms are applying the technology, and how CSPs can translate these use cases to their own businesses.

Key questions answered

  • Which use cases of blockchain make the most sense in the telecoms industry?
  • What are the barriers that must be addressed before CSPs adopt blockchain and distributed ledger technology?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for service providers
  • Recommendations for vendors

Blockchain has gone mainstream

  • Blockchain is not just about cryptocurrencies

Looking beyond telecoms for blockchain uses

  • CSPs can look to cross-industry use cases for potential applications of blockchain and distributed ledgers

Blockchain has the potential to solve telecoms-specific challenges

  • Where blockchain is a good fit to transform CSP operations

Addressing the barriers to adoption

  • Blockchain might not be ready to go live in telecoms just yet
  • Is blockchain the right fit for telecoms?


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author