Hyperledger, Linux Foundation Open Source Networking and Telecom Community Launch New Special Interest Group at Mobile World Congress

By February 25, 2019 Blog

Hyperledger is launching a new cross-industry Special Interest Group (SIG) to facilitate focused technical and business-level conversations about appropriate use cases for blockchain technology in the telecom industry. This news comes as part of the Linux Foundation’s participation at Mobile World Congress.

The telecom industry has one of the most complex operations framework, involving many partners, vendors, customers, distributors, network providers. There are a lot of trust issues and transparency challenges due to the involvement of multiple entities, and no clear mechanism to track end-to-end activities of every entity and blockchain can solve main issues in telecom. Blockchain is a decentralized and distributed ledger technology with the potential to deliver trustless operability, immutable and auditable to the telecom industry

To widen the discussion, this SIG will collaborate with other Hyperledger groups, Linux Foundation Open Source Networking, the TSC, Linux Foundation staff, and the project maintainers. The Telecom SIG is interested in collaborating with other Hyperledger and non-Hyperledger groups that aim to identify and share blockchain solutions that increase impact in global development.

The Hyperledger Telecom Impact Special Interest Group

The Hyperledger Telecom SIG is primarily focused on serving as a platform for exchanging ideas and exploring ways to use blockchain technology to advance development and adoption of telecom-specific blockchain implementations. The Telecom SIG will work with the other working groups and technical teams, especially in the areas of implementation.

The areas of focus include:

  • Identifying related proofs of concepts, current pilot, use cases and functional architecture;
  • Working towards building telecom blockchain consortium;
  • Sharing stories of successes, failures, opportunities and challenges;
  • Identifying conferences or other opportunities to connect face to face, as well as submit talks or present as a group at an event.

The  initial work products will include a set of documents describing telecom use cases, white papers, technical solutions for blockchain technology. Some of the use cases  include: SLA Management, ONAP, OSM, Multi-Domain Orchestrator, 5G, LF Edge, Network Slicing, IIoT, SDN and NFV.

Join us at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

If you are in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress from February 25 to 28, join us to talk more about this new Telecom SIG.  The Linux Foundation will have a booth at the event at [BOOTH DETAILS] and will be hosting a meetup on February 25 that will feature Hyperledger Executive DIrector, Brian Behlendorf, and interim Telecom SIG Chair, Vipin Rathi from Jawaharlal Nehru University’s School of Computer and Systems Sciences.

How to get involved in Hyperledger Special Interest Groups

SIGs gather community members from an industry segment to work on domain-specific problems and create an environment for open discussion, document co-creation and solution proposals. SIGs help specific vertical markets in their efforts to address problems specific to that particular community. To date, Hyperledger has five SIGs, including ones focused on healthcare, the public sector and social impact.

Participation in any SIG is open to everyone in the community. Each group has an open e-mail list, a Chat channel, and a wiki page. Live meetings are also held regularly via web teleconference. When needed, a task force can also be created within the SIG and have working sessions to discuss specific work items.

If you’re interested in joining the Telecome SIG, please subscribe to mailing list and join the Chat channel where meeting details will be announced. You also can visit https://wiki.hyperledger.org/display/TCSIG or find a list of other community meetings on the Hyperledger Community calendar. We look forward to your participation and contributions!