Decentralization and Efficiency

Michail Angelov
June 18, 2024

In a recent article, Iain Morris, International Editor at Light Reading, highlighted a significant event that serves as a cautionary tale for the telecom industry. Google's accidental deletion of a $125 billion Australian pension fund, UniSuper, from its public cloud services underscored the risks associated with relying heavily on public cloud providers like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. The incident raised concerns about the suitability of public cloud services for telecom networks, given the potential for catastrophic failures and systemic risks.

Decentralization through DePIN Projects

As the telecom industry grapples with these challenges, a promising solution is emerging: decentralization. Public cloud is being decentralized by various Decentralized Physical Infrastructure Networks (DePIN) projects. There are at least 13 such projects and counting, as listed on Alchemy's decentralized computing tools. These projects are leveraging decentralized infrastructures to enhance reliability, security, and performance.

Pressure for Telecom Efficiency

Telecom operators are under immense pressure to optimize efficiency, particularly as they expand and upgrade their networks to support the growing demand for mobile connectivity. Traditional approaches, reliant on centralized public cloud services, are proving to be inadequate and fraught with risks. The need for a more resilient and efficient network infrastructure is clear.

Decentralized Mobile Networks: The Sustainable Way Forward

Decentralizing multiple aspects of the mobile network is a sustainable and efficient solution. Roam Network exemplifies this approach by enabling users to share their own network performance data in exchange for blockchain-based rewards. This model not only provides cost-effective and reliable insights but also enhances overall network services and customer experiences.

By distributing the data collection and processing across a decentralized network, Roam Network reduces dependency on any single point of failure, thereby mitigating the risks highlighted by the UniSuper incident. This approach aligns with the broader trend of leveraging DePIN projects to create a more robust and efficient telecom infrastructure.


The incident with UniSuper serves as a stark reminder of the vulnerabilities inherent in centralized public cloud services. As telecom operators seek to enhance efficiency and reliability, decentralization through projects like Roam Network offers a promising path forward. By embracing decentralized infrastructures, the telecom industry can achieve greater resilience, improved performance, and a more sustainable future.

Roam Network is at the forefront of this transformation, demonstrating how decentralized models can deliver significant benefits to both operators and users. As the industry continues to evolve, decentralization will undoubtedly play a crucial role in shaping the future of mobile networks.