Recently the Chancellor of the Exchequer suggested that Blockchain would be the type of technology that could be used to solve this hitherto-unsolvable problem at the Irish border. Now I don’t know much about Blockchain, and no one that I have listened to so far has really been able to explain very well how it works or what its going to be able to do for me, unless I have Bitcoin. And yet at some stage all will become clear and it will revolutionise all of our lives.
It reminds me of how another early adoption of new technology, namely VoIP, was going to change all of our lives back as far as 1995. Free calls, no line rental, use it from anywhere, take your number with you wherever you go……easier to understand. Naturally it sounded fantastic and at the same time far too good to be true, and so it turned out to be. In the early days of endless voice quality issues, phone incompatibility issues, network problems and number porting issues (still have those!) the challenges went on and on and as a result many end users as well as many telecoms resellers had tears and tantrums and sleepless nights. However, in the end it was all sorted out and VoIP/IP Telephony/SIP/Cloud Voice/Hosted telephony whatever you want to call it works very well, and is the de facto standard for all provisions both now and in the future. So much so that the date for the switch off of the legacy networks has been set.
Technology will enable so many changes but needs the time to mature and to be refined.
So is the case with IP Voice and the telecoms world is suitably revolutionised…..as for the Irish border /Brexit problem and a tech based solution, we await further developments!
By Glemnet MD, Neil Linter