Blockchain POC to enhance IPX services


Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier and Orange International Carriers have concluded a proof of concept (POC) project to enhance IPX services using distributed ledger technology.

The development followed an initiative announced at ITW 2020 in June. Since then, the two operators have demonstrated that blockchain technology can facilitate the exchange of end-to-end key performance indicators (KPIs) between providers.

Their results will now be presented to GSMA.

Rolf Nafziger, Senior Vice President Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier, explained: “We are proud to have successfully completed this POC together with Orange. It validates the benefits of blockchain technology for optimizing IPX services. We have long been a proponent of collaborative work and invite any like-minded industry organisation to contact us for cooperative projects.”

By sharing KPI data end-to-end Quality of Service will be possible, while improving forecast and incident management. The use of blockchain would ensure transparency because every transaction would be directly visible. Privacy issues would also be eliminated due to encryption of stored and exchanged data. As a next step, the results of the POC will be presented to GSMA.

The sharing of KPI data makes end-to-end Quality of Service will possible while the use of Blockchain ensures transparency and enhances security.

A joint statement from Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier and Orange International Carriers said the ability to provide end-to-end SLA’s across multiple IPX networks is a prerequisite for guaranteeing that mobile operators have the best quality network performance.

Orange and Deutsche Telekom are also expanding the collective reach of directly-connected mobile service providers through peering agreements and IPX PoP expansion.

Emmanuel Rochas, CEO of Orange International Carriers, added: “The Orange-DT joint POC test results are very satisfying and they offer great promise for our industry. We now have proof that IPX service management can benefit from improved levels of efficiency and reliability using Blockchain. This is both timely and relevant because the forthcoming integration of 5G into mainstream telecoms services requires efficient, reliable data transfer, so these advances will bring confidence to operators and end-users alike.”