T-Mobile Plans to Join the Blockchain

Over the last few years, T-Mobile has managed to position itself as a leader in the development of Cloud technology. And, in recent months, the German telecommunications giant has been searching meticulously for a way to join to world crypto-finance and Blockchain development.

For the time being, the only relationship that T-Mobile has had with Blockchain technologies has been its issue with network interference while mining ASIC sources. In fact, on November 15th, 2017, the company made a formal complaint to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about interference on its LTE network. Apparently, the interference signals were coming from an unidentified source that was emitting radio waves in the 700MHz wavelength.

After a brief investigation, the FCC sent a summons to Victor Rosario, the owner of an ASIC mining rig known as Antminer S5 and built by Bitmain. Rosario has been given a 20-day period to cease operations or he could be facing jail time.


Still, not even this has not hampered T-Mobile’s plans to join the world of crypto-finance. Currently, the German company is working to find a solution to the computing problems being faced by large companies who use both Blockchain and Cloud technologies. Moreover, last November, Chris Spanton, one of the lead developer for T-Mobile’s Hyper Directory, has revealed plans for a project to develop of Proof of Concept Blockchain.

The “Hyper Directory” Solution

The Hyper Directory is a “Proof of Concept or POC that provides a solution to some of the major problems encountered by companies that use Cloud technology. The Directory addresses problems faced during the change of management and audits. It also aims to improve efficiency, reduce complexity and eliminate the need for permissions to be granted continuously.

To properly solve all issues faced by Cloud users, the Hyper Directory uses what is known as “Hyperledger Sawtooth”. The latter is a modular Blockchain that was designed specifically for creating apps and distributed registry networks.

This new idea will facilitate the decision-making process for large companies. Also, the system will allow applications to choose authorizations, consensus algorithms and transaction rules based on the needs of their clientele.


Warming Up to the Idea of Open-Source Techs

According to Chris Spanton, the Proof of Concept idea was developed specifically to address problems related to Cloud technology. The new system had to consider how to effectively manage Cloud access, permissions and authorization agreements, all while simplifying the entire process.

Spanton also added that the company is planning to add a system of smart contracts via the RESTful API, which will be integrated into the Hyperledger Sawtooth. With this, Cloud permissions will be compatible with any other of T-Mobile’s open-source programs. Also, the company launched the “Jazz Serverless Platform”, which aims at developing Cloud computing without using a centralized server.

Additionally, T-Mobile is working on another open-source project known as “Keybiner”. These projects make it clear that the German telecommunications company is becoming increasingly involved in open-source programming, notably by using Blockchain technology.

A Novice in the World of Blockchain

As confirmed by Spanton, T-Mobile is still rather new to the world of Blockchain technology. However, the same cannot be said about its development and improvement of Cloud technologies. And, by developing an open-source solution, where any companies that use the Cloud can easily grant or cancel permissions, T-Mobile is providing a solution that benefits everyone. In fact, this doubles as a strategy to attract the best partnership deals and to pave the way for its future projects using Blockchain technology.

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