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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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Is Bex500 an alternative to BitMEX?

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An all around review of Bex500

Bex500 is a young but rapid-growing exchange, less adversarial than BitMEX, but with higher leverage than Binance, Bex500 has enough strings to attract many crypto traders. 

Those dissatisfied with the old exchange, may find Bex500 exchange with a stable system with no manipulation or “overload”, pleasant UX, user-friendly tool kits, and around-clock customer service.

Bex500 says they are making crypto margin trading “easier” and giving you a better return. 

Can they really achieve that? We conduct a comprehensive review as below to see if it is a trustworthy exchange

Question 1. What features does Bex500 have?

Bex500 offers perpetual BTC futures as well as three other cryptos including ETH, XRP and LTC, all paired against USDT. You may find Bex500 doing a good job aggregating most important features traders need for a robust trading experience with better return.

-A fair trade with no overload

Many traders are familiar with “overload” problem, which disables placing orders in peak trading times. It is suspected to be insider manipulations by exchanges which can cost users entire portfolios.

Bex500, with its unmatched TPS (claimed to be over 10,000 orders per second), ensures that the trading…

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How Bitcoin Has Changed Online Gaming

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We always hear how Bitcoin is great for the financial industry, how it can remove the middleman and help you save money while you spend money. How it can provide fast transactions at any time to any place, even when you wish to send money to someone on the other side of the world.

While all of that is true, it is important to remember that Bitcoin’s impact does not end there. The coin has already changed countless other industries, but one of the first ones that have accepted it with open arms — and therefore one that was changed the most — is the online gaming industry.

Bitcoin’s impact on online gaming

The first thing to note here is that digital currencies have found their use in online gaming thanks to microtransactions. However, it goes far beyond simply purchasing an in-game item from another player. Bitcoin’s biggest impact, without a doubt, concerns online gambling, sports betting, and similar activities.

Bitcoin brings security and anonymity

Bitcoin casino has become one of the new most popular places for an online gambler to visit, and for numerous reasons. Bitcoin brought increased security — to the financial industry, as well as online games. This is important because security is crucial for anyone who enjoys online gambling. It…

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Will Bakkt Push Bitcoin into the Mainstream?

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Bitcoin has been in a prolonged bear market for some time and has dropped as low as $8300 in recent weeks. This is the worst time for the cryptocurrency since prior to the bitcoin boom in 2017, and it has led to speculation that the original cryptocurrency could be on the decline. However, the digital asset may be about to bounce back. This could be thanks to Bakkt, the new digital asset platform which aims to provide a secure and well-monitored place for investors to trade bitcoin. Some analysts are even suggesting that this could lead bitcoin into the mainstream.

Bitcoin has been teetering on the edge of the mainstream for some time now, with various companies accepting payments in the digital currency. The reason why it hasn’t yet taken off is that it doesn’t have enough practical applications to encourage the everyday person to start using it. But the market is there for alternative payments, and this is particularly apparent in the online casino industry when new sites crop up. For example, Johnny Jackpot is a smashing new casino brand that accepts a number of payment systems including Neteller, Skrill, and Paysafecard. Global customers want to be able to use options like these which were designed for the internet.

The problem with all of the aforementioned systems…

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