US telecommunications giant AT&T has been awarded a patent for a bitcoin-powered ‘decentralized and distributed home subscriber server’ device.
According to records from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), AT&T filed its first patent application over two years ago on April 6, 2015, before ultimately being awarded the patent on May 30th.
A ‘home subscriber server’ is the master database that enables the delivery of IP media services on a network for a home user. Details from the patent reveal AT&T’s plan for a decentralized home subscriber system in a peer to peer network of base station devices sharing a database on a blockchain. In the event of a node outage or a cyberattack faced by a node, the distributed home server system would not be affected.
Notably, AT&T is looking at building such an application over the Bitcoin blockchain, rather than opting to choose a private blockchain which is increasingly becoming a common trend among companies adopting the innovative decentralized technology.