Is T-Mobile All Set to Reveal a Grand Blockchain-based Enterprise Solution?
T-Mobile, one of the world’s leading telecom giants, is silently working on an enterprise blockchain solution for businesses. Industry experts predict that the company will make a grand launch sometime soon.
It’s to be noted that T-mobile played a pivotal role in the development of the Hyperledger Sawtooth’s 1.0 version along with other partners like IBM, Red Hat and Capital One.
But, what’s not widely known are the details about T-Mobile’s work on an enterprise blockchain-based solution. In an interview with CoinDesk, the Senior Architect of T-Mobile’s Hyper Directory, Chris Spanton revealed that the telecom giant is currently involved in the project and several significant milestones are within reach.
He stated that Hyper Directory had played a huge role in solving IAM use cases in the cloud infrastructure of T-mobile. Further, he went on to reveal that building it as a blockchain-based solution has enabled the company in furthering their technical expertise in the field.
Hyper Directory is a Proof-of-concept (PoC) that works on blockchain technology and was unveiled in last November. Hyper Directory employs access based control using identity and access management (IAM). This Directory works on top of the Hyperledger Sawtooth architecture to decide whether to grant control to T-Mobile’s cloud-based solutions for various entities.
Spanton further claimed that each of these milestones fit perfectly with the company’s agenda of taking advantage of open-source software.
Leveraging Open-Source Software
Using the publicly available information about Hyper Directory, one can figure out how it fits into the overall technical agenda of T-Mobile.
In the first ever article published by Spanton on Hyper Directory, he describes the PoC as a result of several challenges faced in helping T-Mobile configure its cloud-based solutions for large enterprises. In short, the directory was developed to help tackle usage issues like – who have access to what data in the cloud, which issues these permissions, the time frame for which these grants are active and how to address all these problems without further adding to the complexity.
Spanton then introduces “Smart Contracts” that address these specific issues. These contracts approve and distribute access permissions using an API layer built on top of the Hyperledger Sawtooth.
In an attempt to make it interoperable, the directory was explicitly designed to be integrated with other open-source software from T-Mobile.
Some of the other notable open-source software from T-Mobile includes the Jazz platform, cloud-computing storage that has no centralized server and the Keybiner, a library that issues tokens based on a user’s authority.
Not just Open-Source, but Focus on Blockchain
From all these, industry experts claim that T-Mobile is not only concentrating on open-source software solutions but also blockchain technology.
Perfecting this technology could help the telecom giant gain an edge over its competitors, helping it boost its market share considerably.
Currently, T-Mobile has over 69 million subscribers, and the company has added nearly 1 million subscribers every month, over an 18-month period, which ended in last October. The company has recently spent over $8 billion on acquiring new wireless spectrum.
Spanton in his concluding remarks told Coindesk, that “while blockchain is a new field for T-Mobile, the company has proved its expertise in developing game-changing solutions for several pressing issues.”
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