Blockchain for Telecommunications



Sponsored by

– IEEE Austin ComSoc & Signal Processing and Consumer Elec. Society Chapters (CH05005)

– IEEE Denver ComSoc & VTS Joint Chapters (CH05026)

– IEEE Austin Computer & EMBS Joint Chapters (CH05006)


Supported by IEEE Communications Society NA Regional Board

This would be the first virtual event supported by IEEE Communications Society NA Regional Board and organized by multiple ComSoc chapters.

Date: 28 April 2020

Time:       7-8:30 pm Central Time

6-7:30 pm Mountain Time


Location:  Zoom (Dial-in information will be provided shortly)

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 Cost is FREE, but there is a maximum limit.




  1. “Blockchain Applied to Telecom”

Claudio Lima, Ph.D., Co-Founder Blockchain Engineering Council, BEC


Blockchain distributed ledger technologies (DLT) in Telecommunications is a new concept that can tremendously improve telecom networking operations and customer-facing processes experience, adding a new layer of authentication, validation and security for all telecom assets and transactions.  Telecom companies will benefit from enterprise Blockchain solutions to enhance their existing IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Blockchain/DLT is still a nascent technology with some challenges for wide adoption, such as scalability, interoperability, standards, privacy, security, and others, that need to be addressed for telecom-specific applications. This talk will introduce some basic concepts of Blockchain applied to Telecommunications.


  1. “Distributed Ledger use in Telecommunications for Certificate Management”

Chris Gorog, CTO Blockframe


Distributed Ledger technology is unfolding rapidly and the potential for many use cases are being theorized and debated. In mature industries such as Telecommunications which have well-versed  legacy technology, it is often less clear where distributed ledger technologies will provide clear unique advantage. Our session explores the nature of current technologies for certificate management and global deficiencies in how Certificate Hierarchy and in particular Certificate Revocation is handled. We propose that this is an area where an immediate benefit can be seen for distributed ledger technology in the Telecommunication sector. Our session will cover provisioning and management of certificates for application in the Telecommunication sector and how distributed ledger technology may be the answer to some globally unresolved issues with management of Certificate Revocation lists.


  1. “5G and blockchain impact in shaping the future smart cities and telecommunications”

Fawzi Behmann, DL, MBA, M. Comp.Sc, President TelNet Management Consulting Inc.



5G and blockchain are two potentially disruptive technologies that could shape the future of technology and telecommunications.

In 2020, the 5G rollout has already begun in select cities in the U.S. Global coverage with the technology becoming ubiquitous in the following years. In conjunction with Internet of Things devices, and 5G can add an enormous amount of value in building smart societies. Blockchain can benefit from the massive increases in bandwidth and range as well as the reductions in latency that 5G networks provide.

The talk will provide some examples of impact of disruptive technologies in key use cases such as public safety, healthcare, network management and financial infrastructure.


Moderator: Tim Weil, CISSP/CCSP, CISA, PMP

Chair – Denver Blockchain Initiative (IEEE)