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The Crucial Role of Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain in Modernising The Telco Industry

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Blockchain has caused quite a stir in recent years. In fact, there’s a school of thought that firmly believes the digital ledger technology will prove to be the 21st Century’s biggest innovation

There are a great many industries braced for the disruptive force of blockchain, and the sweeping benefits it can bring to telecommunications can’t be underestimated. 

A blockchain is a decentralised, distributed, public digital ledger that’s fundamentally used to record transactions online. Every transaction that takes place is recorded across an extensive array of computers in a way that ensures that any individual record within the chain can’t be tampered with or retroactively modified. 

Because of the virtually impregnable security associated with blockchain and the efficiency that comes with a fully decentralised ledger, there’s plenty of potential for the technology within the telco industry in particular – especially given the financial flexibility that comes with cryptocurrency transactions beyond borders. 

Let’s take a deeper look at the important role that both blockchain and its associated cryptocurrencies can play in modernising and securing the telco industry:

Unprecedented security

The arrival of blockchain is causing a stir at Deloitte. The professional services giant has contributed tens of thousands of words on blockchain within its ‘insights’ network, and there are few more fascinating than that between the burgeoning digital ledger and the telco industry. 

Identity plays a significant role in fostering Deloitte’s excitement over the implementation of blockchain within telecommunications. In the company’s 2018 survey focussing on blockchain, over half of the respondents said that their company is already working on blockchain-based identity solutions. 

Because of the unprecedented level of security provided by blockchain, a secure record of identities for users, assets, personal devices and IoT endpoints can be established. The arrival of such powerful measures to ensure our safety will play a significant role in reducing fraud and building trust within the industry. 

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(Chart showing the size of the blockchain market in $ billion. Image Source: Statista)

Deloitte goes further to explain that the security that blockchain will bring won’t be limited to protecting our personal records, but also bring flawless privacy for our devices, content and accounting records. “Transactions stored in a blockchain are encrypted, time-stamped, and synchronized across the entire network. Likewise, the identities of transacting parties and devices are cryptographically unique and registered on the blockchain,” Deloitte’s insights team surmises. 

The arrival of blockchain is likely to play a key role in modernising the communication industry that has remained largely unchanged in the 21st Century. 

As an example, UpGuard produced a research based on their security tests of major US cell carriers. And, as a matter of fact, the results leave us hoping for the best. 

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(The higher the score the more secure the network appears to be. Image Source: UpGuard)

As you can see, most carriers have a long way to go to ensure our privacy.

When it comes to the UK, according to Tech Advisor, networks like EE and O2 are among the better-performing ones. 

The case for efficiency

There’s also plenty of scope for blockchain actively improving the efficiency within the telecommunications industry. Delta Partnership Group highlights the reduced time of execution needed for information to be stored within a blockchain as a key factor in enhancing performance within telco. 

In a published paper entitled ‘Blockchain’s potential for the telecom industry,’ a team of authors explained that “for industries with regular and low-value interactions with their customer base, such as telecom, blockchain can verify and automate transactions, with increased transparency for the end customer. The higher the number of low-value transactions, the greater the potential of blockchain.”

Essentially, the more people involved in a transaction, the better blockchain performs in the face of alternative technologies. For example, in a telecom intercarrier settlement scenario involving three parties, the blockchain will deliver three times the value compared to a two-player scenario. 

In addition to this, the efficiency of blockchain will no doubt offer plenty of solutions after the advent of 5G connectivity for mobile phone networks. Given the complexity of such a high-speed and powerful network, a secure digital ledger may ultimately prove essential in dealing with so many different cellular connections and data transactions taking place

Seamless micropayments

Blockchain was initially conceptualised as a means to support the launch of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin a little over a decade ago. Although the potential of blockchain has caused a massive stir worldwide, it’s Bitcoin that initially took the world by storm after rallying to a value of almost $20,000 USD in December 2017

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The telecommunications industry can benefit greatly from the emergence of cryptocurrencies as a means of offering customers the option to make digestible micropayments for both calls and services through the medium of digital currency. Fundamentally, the decentralised nature of cryptocurrencies built on a blockchain network means there’s no more need for middlemen in the industry, and thus no more fees and surcharges to deal with when paying for services. Through the power of blockchain and crypto combined, the intermediary fees of international calling charges and roaming transactions can be assigned to the history books. 

Whether you choose to embrace or evade the looming spectre of blockchain, we have to thank it for contributing to making the world that little bit smaller.

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How Casinos Are Embracing Cryptocurrency

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Digital currencies and blockchain technology have had an immense impact on several industries across the globe. One of the areas where this impact has been very profound is in the gambling sector – which has also been known for embracing the latest technologies. Gaming operators have always been at the frontlines when it comes to trying out new and innovative technologies all in a bid to keep their customers happy and interested.

That said, it was only a matter of time before cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ripple, and Litecoin among many others made their mark in the gambling industry. All of the features that these digital currencies promise are, without a doubt, very desirable features for gamblers across the world.

The result is a mutually beneficial arrangement where digital currencies get the necessary boost to go mainstream while the gaming operators get a front-row seat as the world ushers in the new age of next-generation digital payments. Naturally, there has to be a framework for this and thankfully its already being implemented in both land-based casinos and in online gambling platforms. 

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Reaching true Bitcoin anonymity through the use of mixers

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There used to be a time when Bitcoin transactions were considered fully-anonymous. Back then, cryptos were only getting started, and Bitcoin was pretty much the only one that was used, apart from a handful of the first altcoins that followed. However, as the crypto industry continued to develop, current blockchain analyzers were created, and it became clear that Bitcoin’s transparency also includes tracking the coins’ movement, even when you are simply withdrawing them from your exchange to your wallet.

This is why it became necessary to use Bitcoin mixers, also known as Bitcoin blenders or Bitcoin tumblers, such as BitMix.biz, in order to reach true anonymity.

What are Bitcoin mixers, and why do you need them?

Bitcoin mixers, as the name suggests, are online services that mix Bitcoins in order to disrupt their traceability.

Let’s say that you have a certain amount of BTC in your wallet on your crypto exchange of choice. With all the exchanges having to follow KYC/AML procedures, that means that you need to verify your identity, so that the exchange — and therefore, the authorities — will know exactly who you are and how much money you earned through trading and investing.

Once you withdraw those coins to your wallet, blockchain analyzers can track the transaction, and so your wallet…

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The Bitcoin Meltdown is Chance to Double Your Bitcoin

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Most of the cryptocurrency holders have never felt a day so bad.

After a blustering day of trading which saw Bitcoin price drop from $7,950 to $3,800, the massacre caused the worst sell-off to set a new 2020 low which not seen since April 2019.

The history of bitcoin only has a day in 2013 to compare a 40% fall, at that time bitcoin once dropped from $266 to $50, that was also a day when despair defeated the belief of bitcoin and almost no one could foresee bitcoin can recover and prices will reach $10,000 in a few years.

“Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.” This is what Warren Buffett said about stock market and you can see the stock market never dies, it is just rise and fall happen in a different order at different times.

So it is with bitcoin. The bitcoin meltdown is a chance for a few bitcoin traders while the others are running away.

One typical way is to short bitcoin. Futures trading allows traders to make profits out of the future price difference of the derivatives. However, when during horizontal movement of prices, futures trading may gain you fewer profits to cover the possible loss of the margin.

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