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Leading UK Port Operator Seeks to Improve Shipping Logistics via Blockchain

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A UK port operator that handles 25 percent of cargo shipments in the country wants to integrate blockchain in its supply chain.

UK’s leading port operator, Associated British Ports (ABP), has signed an agreement with digital logistics enabler Marine Transport International to develop blockchain use for port logistics, Dry Bulk magazine reports Wednesday, September 19.

Under the agreement with Marine Transport International, ABPwhich operates in 21 ports and carries out 25 percent of the cargo shipments in Great Britainwill take part in pilot shipments using blockchain technology.

According to Dry Bulk, each party in ABP’s supply chain lacks connection with others, as port operators, carriers, and shippers use different systems. As a blockchain solution for port logistics could reduce time spent on the manual review of scattered data, Jody Cleworth, founder and CEO of Marine Transport International, noted:

“With blockchain, we can connect all those systems to ensure data is accurately and quickly shared, helping speed-up and simplify the flow of trade in and out of the UK.

Earlier in June, Denmark revealed its plans to implement blockchain technology to register ships in local ship registers. A subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports has also launched its own domestic blockchain solution for logistics.

In May, Fred Smith, CEO for global delivery service FedEx, commented on the benefits of blockchain for supply chains, calling the technologythe next frontier that’s going to completely changethe whole industry.

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Korean Mobile Carrier LGU+ Launches Blockchain-Based Overseas Payment System
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Korean Mobile Carrier LGU+ Launches Blockchain-Based Overseas Payment System

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Korea’s LG UPlus is launching a blockchain-based cross-carrier overseas payment service along with Far EasTone, SoftBank and TBCASoft.

South Korea’s LG UPlus, a mobile carrier owned by the country’s fourth largest conglomerate LG Corp., is launching a blockchain-based cross-carrier overseas payment service, Korea Times reports today, September 16.

Last Thursday, September 13, LG UPlus had signed an MoU to develop the new service alongside three global partners: Taiwan-based Far EasTone Telecommunications, Japan’s SoftBank, and U.S.-based TBCASoft. Through the new service, users of one telecoms carrier will be able to frictionlessly complete transactions on the payment networks of another.

According to the Korea Times, the first trial of the LG UPlus partnersblockchain-based cross-carrier payment system (CCPS) is slated for the beginning of 2019.

CCPS will reportedly deploy blockchain to enable a prompt settlement mechanism in cross-carrier services. This will mean that users can avoid fees on overseas credit card transactions, and are insulated from the effects of fluctuating foreign exchange rates as they are ultimately billed through their carrier in their home currency.

For example, the service will allow LG UPlus Korean subscribers to purchase retail goods when using their cellphones in Taiwan and Japan, while Far EasTone users from Taiwan will enjoy the same convenience in Korea and Japan.

Ling Wu, founder and CEO of TBCASoft, told the Korea Times that the cross-carrier payment system is the first in a planned series of telecoms-specific blockchain-based solutions, noting that systems designed for “identity and authenticationare next.

Far EasTone, SoftBank, and TBCASoft are all among the initial founding members of the Carrier Blockchain Study Group (CBSG), a global blockchain consortium of telecom carriers that launched in late 2017. As reported earlier this summer, CSBG has recently unveiled the creation of a new blockchain working group that will focus on global remittance services, as well as adding six further major global telecoms firms to its ranks.

Just last week, Softbank unveiled a new proof-of-concept (PoC) in partnership with Synchronoss Technologies and TBCASoft to use CCPS to allow users to conduct peer-to-peer money transfers globally using legacy messaging services such as SMS and email.

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