AT&T launch IBM and Microsoft blockchain suite tools

September 27, 2018
Chris Wheal

AT&T is launching blockchain solutions that work in tandem with technology from IBM and Microsoft. AT&T claims their customers can buy a range of solutions to digitalize business processes and is particularly aimed at clients in manufacturing, retail and healthcare.

It claims its consulting team can design, deploy and manage an IBM’s enterprise-grade blockchain environment supporting live production networks at scale. 

AT&T is opening the door for more Microsoft and IBM compatibility across its new blockchain tools

More range offered

“We’re also integrating our AT&T Asset Management Operations Center with IBM Maximo Network on Blockchain and Maximo Asset Health Insights to create secure and accountable service provider networks for infrastructure asset management.”

Some industry analysts claim blockchain remains a $1 billion opportunity for telecommunications players. Several players, including BT, Telefonica and Telstra, are immersed in blockchain trials targeting wholesale transfers.

AT&T says its Microsoft Azure blockchain technology supports a set of enterprise ledger protocols including Ethereum, HyperLedger Fabric, Corda, Quorum, and Chain “and offers diverse topologies for dev/test, single member, and multi-member consortiums”.

‘Much more than bitcoin’

Vintage IBM computer – not blockchain compatible

“Blockchain is far more than just Bitcoin or cryptocurrency. It’s transforming the way many companies conduct business,” Andy Daudelin, vice president, Alliances Business Development, AT&T Business says.

“Blockchain improves security and enables better management of transactions through complex processes. Utilizing our global network and IoT capabilities, AT&T enhances blockchain by providing edge-to-edge solutions that automate the tracking and that can even monitor the environmental conditions throughout the process.”

The AT&T solutions are available now.

Post written by Chris Wheal
Chris Wheal is editor of OpenLedger's news and features service. An award-wining business journalists himself, he runs a team of freelance journalists from across the UK and north America.

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