Vodafone Wants to Connect Cryptocurrency Wallets to Sim Cards.

As part of its aim to raise a total of $2.9 billion in debt, the telecom business is apparently looking for loans totaling $1.8 billion.

Vodafone, a telecommunications company based in the United Kingdom, plans to combine cryptocurrency wallets with subscriber identity module (SIM) cards in order to introduce blockchain technology to smartphone consumers.

This ambitious initiative coincides with a firm finance plan that purports to take on over $3 billion in debt, including $1.8 billion in loans over the next two years, by Vodafone Idea, a separate company that operates in India and in which the Vodafone Group owns a 45% ownership.

Vodafone Blockchain Lead David Palmer talked about the company’s intentions to incorporate blockchain technology into smartphone SIM cards in a recent interview with Yahoo Finance Future Focus:

More than 20 billion mobile phones—many of which are smartphones—are anticipated to be in use by 2030. […] Therefore, we have concentrated on integrating the sim card with blockchains, digital identities, and other systems by leveraging the cryptography built into those cards.
Palmer provided more details on the numbers he had shown, estimating that by 2030, there will be almost eight billion cellphones in circulation and 5.6 billion cryptocurrency wallets, which would represent over 70% of the world’s population.

Vodafone Group has had a busy 2024 despite the financial squabbling with India-based Vodafone Idea, which recently sold off $2.2 billion worth of shares ahead of a debt-raising scheme worth a whopping $3 billion.

In order to provide Vodafone’s clients with generative artificial intelligence (AI) services, the business recently signed into a 10-year strategic relationship with Microsoft, as reported by Cointelegraph.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella seized the chance to promote the disruptive qualities of his company’s AI capabilities when the acquisition was announced, saying that the “new generation of AI will unlock massive new opportunities for every organization and every industry around the world.”

This is not the first time a business has attempted to integrate blockchain hardware with mobile technology. The goal of American startup VaultTel was to develop a physical wallet that could fit into the SIM slot of a smartphone back in 2019.

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