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Airtel Acquires Blockchain-tech Startup Aqilliz

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Bharti Airtel on Thursday announced that it had acquired a strategic stake in Singapore-based Blockchain platform Aqilliz for an undisclosed sum.

Airtel aims to deploy Aqilliz’s Blockchain technologies at scale across its fast-growing adtech (Airtel Ads), digital entertainment (Wynk Music & Airtel Xstream), and digital marketplace (Airtel Thanks App) offerings.

“Blockchain technology is maturing and we see its application across areas such as Adtech, Creator Economy, and Loyalty Programmes,” said Adarsh Nair, CEO of Airtel Digital.

Aqilliz has developed a patented hybrid blockchain platform called ‘Atom’ that integrates differential privacy and federated learning on a distributed digital ledger.

This allows brands to create secure and consent-based solutions to engage with customers in a rapidly-evolving digital economy that’s becoming increasingly decentralized.

“Aqilliz’s patented technology will enable Airtel to capture and carry this value exchange in the form of consent and provenance across the digital supply chain,” said Gowthaman Ragothaman, Founding CEO, of Aqilliz.

The Airtel Startup Accelerator Programme invests in early-stage startups working on technologies that have adjacencies to Airtel’s business offerings.

The program allows startups to deploy their technologies and applications at a massive scale, including over 340 million retail customers and over 1 million businesses.

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