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Opportunities for Telcos in SSI - how to position against mobile connect and other solutions?

Tuesday 12 March 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michele Lalic

ETIS, in collaboration with TNO, led a one-day workshop last week on March 6, 2019 in Leiden, The Netherlands on how Self Sovereign Identity (SSI) fits into Digital Identity. Participants came together to brainstorm potential use-cases the industry can pursue, learn about the business value for Telcos, the status of the technology, and see demos of working SSI implementations and more.

The workshop began with a roundtable discussion of introductions followed by a presentation of the initiatives related to SSI going on in Europe. This presentation was also broadcast as a webinar, a recording of which is available to ETIS members on request. During this session, SSI was demystified as the different roles of Holder, Verifier and Issuer were discussed. One point of interest is the fact that these roles are versatile depending on where you are in the transaction.

During the afternoon session, the opportunities SSI has in store for telcos were explored:

  • Telco as Verifier (creditworthiness-bad payers, digital signature in B2B). Mainly to reduce costs on the telco side.
  • Telco as Issuer (information telco has on its customer has value for other parties). Possible new Revenue Generator.
  • Telco enabling SSI storage on SIM (eg storage of private keys, probably not a good idea to store wallet on it). Way to give added value to SIM but quid eSIM evolution?
  • Telco as SSI infrastructure provider (Can we position ourselves versus big players like IBM, Microsoft?)

This was followed by a live SSI demo involving medical prescriptions, specifically obtaining the attestation from an insurance company, doctor, patient and pharmacy.

What was the outcome and end-result of the workshop? Overall there was a feeling of confidence that there is an opportunity for Telcos in the Digital Identity domain. Interoperability is however key. There were a lot of discussions and questions of what the advantages of SSI are over Mobile Connect or local developments like itsme (which is popular in Belgium) and how a distributed model (SSI) works versus a centralized one (Mobile Connect).

Our partner, TNO will make a detailed proposal on next steps for this collaborative project, including addressing the issue of how Telcos can position SSI versus Mobile Connect and other solutions.

Interested to learn more or access the recording of the webinar? Contact Wim De Meyer, Managing Director of ETIS.



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