German Federal Network AgencyThe blockchain technology – Potentials and challenges in the energy and telecommunications network sectors

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German Federal Network Agency

Release date:
November 2019

Department 119 for digitization and networks, Internet platforms; discussion paper

Ever since the cryptocurrency Bitcoin has been in the public eye, the underlying blockchain technology is receiving ever-increasing attention. Business, science, politics and administration have since been debating the importance of this technology and driving its development and distribution. Above all, blockchain technology enables direct, transparent and tamper-proof processing and storage of transactions between different actors. In recent years, a variety of concrete blockchain applications and conceptual considerations for using the technology have been published in a wide range of industries.

The Federal Network Agency has prepared a discussion paper on the potentials and challenges of blockchain technology in the energy and telecommunications network sectors, as an example for regulated network sectors.

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