Cisco Patent will Secure 5G Networks with a Blockchain


December 2, 2019 11:26 pm

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Cisco, the world’s one of Network tech giants has won a patent detailing how it could leverage blockchain to secure the data in 5G telecommunication networks. The company submitted a patent application in June 2018 for a blockchain platform that can be natively integrated into wireless networks. The filing from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). 

The blockchain platform intends to manage data sessions between an equipment user, such as a phone or laptop, and a virtual network. Moreover, the new platform can manage part of the data exchanges between a network and a connected device via the blockchain interface. 

The company describes how a blockchain platform can be used to support network slices, referring to an architecture that allows various independent virtualized networks to run in the same physical infrastructure more efficiently. 

The filing said:

“This service-oriented architecture supports network slices, which employ an isolated set of programmable resources that can implement individual network functions and/or application services through software programs within a respective network slice, without interfering with other functions and services on coexisting network slices.” 

Cisco is one of the information technology companies that are exploring the integration of blockchain technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT). Companies including Bosch, BNY Mellon, Chronicled and Filament, have used Hyperledger, Ethereum and Quorum to create or upgrade their products and services. 

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