IBM has announced that it has successfully completed blockchain pilots with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and Indian telecom providers.

Reports from India point out that the company is expected to make use of blockchain tech to help improve Mobile Number Portability as well as Do Not Call registry systems in India.

The vice-president of IBM Research, Sriram Raghavan said,

“We have completed proof of concepts and pilots with all the major telecom providers and with Trai in this space. We anticipate that going into the New Year, we’ll start to see blockchain solutions getting rolled out.”

Besides the telcos, IBM Research has also been collaborating with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to address coordination issues among multiple entities with respect to mobile number portability and the Do Not Call registry. Per Raghavan, the blockchain solution for the mobile number portability and Do Not Call registry service will enhance the functions of TRAI:

“[Blockchain] gives TRAI as a regulator more visibility and spot malfeasance quickly. Mobile number portability to is a multiparty process involving a minimum of two telecom providers, where blockchain can play a role.”

TRAI had completed its review on Distributed Ledger Technology in February 2018. After estimating what was possible with Distributed Ledger Technology, the financial regulator came out with a bunch of regulations in May 2018. 

Another step in this process is for the telecom service providers to select IT vendors and set up the system by the TRAI guidelines. The tech giant with TRAI, along with major telecom companies, has assured to roll out DLT-based systems in the next couple of months.


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