The two say they carried out a successful proof of concept to boost end-to-end quality of services involving roaming.
Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier and Orange International Carriers have announced the successful conclusion of a proof of concept (PoC) project to enhance IPX services using blockchain technology.
Their decision to partner on the initiative was first announced in June. IPX is a critical roaming enabler and providing end-to-end service level agreements (SLAs) across multiple IPX networks is a prerequisite for guaranteeing that mobile operators have the best quality network performance.
By sharing KPI data, it will be possible to ensure end-to-end quality of service, while improving forecast and incident management.
Greater joint reach
Orange and Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier are expanding the collective reach of directly connected mobile service providers via their IPX networks as well as through peering agreements and IPX PoP expansion.
They are also developing new IPX products. DT has launched Premium IPX that, the company says, will deliver badly needed end-to-end SLAs and QoS, as well as improve KPIs.
Orange says as 5G, edge and other technologies progress, optimising today’s IPX system is essential for the telecoms industry as a whole.
Blockchain would also ensure transparency because every transaction is directly visible and privacy issues would be eliminated due to encryption of stored and exchanged data.
As a next step, the results of the PoC will be presented to GSMA.
Benefits of blockchain
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 optimising IPX services.
We have long been a proponent of collaborative work and invite any like-minded industry organization to contact us for cooperative projects.”
Emmanuel Rochas, CEO of Orange International Carriers, added, “The Orange-DT joint PoC test results…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.”