Mobile Network Operators
Telecom companies, and especially B2C mobile network operators, are amongst the businesses with the widest user base. They are the ones who brought Internet access to virtually every individual. Yet they struggle to invent and introduce more value-added services and to generate more revenue. Incidentally, their users would also be happy to get more value from their providers, besides phone numbers and internet access.
We know how to bring them both to a new level. We would like to introduce two key solutions which will upgrade the mobile operators business model, considerably empower their customers, and facilitate the widest introduction of the Web 3.0 Data Space:
Mobile Vault Storage and Interface
Every individual can now subscribe to a Mobile Vault offered by their mobile service provider. Mobile Vaults become a single storage of original data created by users and related to their skills (their CV, their profile for freelance gigs), products or objects they sell or buy, their ratings and reviews, etc.
Technically, this Vault is a combination of a dedicated secure server (a Solid-based POD) and a simple user-friendly interface to store and publish information from it.
Besides being securely stored, the information uploaded in the Vault can automatically become available on numerous relevant platforms (job boards, classifieds, etc.) at once. No more need to create accounts to publish somewhere, now users can just publish! At the same time, they fully control their original data, as it can also be modified and unpublished everywhere instantly in just one click.
Integrated into the mobile operator’s app, the Mobile Vault management interface allows users to control their content storage and publishing. It becomes possible to easily integrate new more diversified products and services, link the app to new platforms, and gradually transform it into a real superapp ecosystem.
New Mobile ID Applications
The second important component of mobile service providers' transition towards the Web 3.0 Data Space is the introduction of new applications of the Mobile ID, a device-based digital tool to authenticate users for important transactions.
MobileID now becomes the key to the user’s Mobile Vault, allowing everyone to publish and manager their content and offers on multiple platforms simultaneously, without even creating any separate accounts on them.
This tool shall not be confused with various single sign-on solutions. In our case, the Mobile ID implies that the user’s identity has been duly verified (including passport/ID verification and biometric data collected at the mobile operator’s office) and that the user’s private key is generated by their physical device (a smartphone with a special microprocessor on a SIM/eSIM card or a special USB key), making it an integral part of the Web 3.0 Data Space public key infrastructure (PKI). Mobile operators already spend their resources on customers’ identity verification, due to their legal obligations, and at last they will be able to generate revenue from it!
Mobile ID is a crucial step towards the ePassport, which at some point will allow users not only to log in to their POD and to any other account, but also to perform online and offline transactions requiring verification of their identity, age, etc., seamlessly, without using any “traditional” passports or ID cards.
Advantages and Opportunities
Besides the direct benefits mentioned above, introducing these two products has several other positive consequences for the telecom industry, its customers, and for the Web 3.0 Data Space project as a whole.
Mobile service providers will at last find a way to create superapps and real digital ecosystems: not just adding non-core services to their offer, but building instant integrations with dozens or even hundreds of platforms, thus creating a number of new revenue channels. This synergy is based on the fact that platforms are naturally interested in mobile operators' large and “curated” user base, and on the other hand, telecom companies are looking to provide further value to their customers.
Selling Mobile Vaults (PODs) to users and offering Mobile ID integrations to platforms will also become new revenue streams for mobile operators.
For end users, their SIM card becomes a real ID allowing a truly secure access to all their accounts and numerous third-party services. At the same time, mobile customers will be able to publish their offers, CVs, or any other information everywhere at once, making their mobile service provider’s app a previously unimaginable economic empowerment tool. Finally, cross-app messaging, which also becomes possible with their Mobile Vaults, brings some kind of application-independent SMS 2.0 solution with a totally new level of UX and comfort.
Last but not least, mobile service providers joining the Post-Platforms Initiative and adopting our solutions speed up and facilitate the deployment of the public key infrastructure via their network of physical offices acting as Certificate Authorities for initial identity verification of new users. Telecom companies can thus become the cornerstone of the Web 3.0 Data Space introduction to the B2C segment.