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Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, commercially rebranded as "du" in 2007 has announced it received an endorsement for its Blockchain Platform as a Service (BPaaS) from the Smart Dubai, states the official statement.

Smart Dubai is the government office charged with facilitating Dubai’s citywide smart transformation, to empower, deliver and promote an efficient, seamless and safe city experience for residents and visitors.

"Adding to a growing list of use cases, du is providing the platform, to facilitate The Dubai Blockchain Strategy by giving all government entities the freedom to build on a framework of their choice (Ethereum or Hyperledger) based on their business needs on a fully managed, scalable and secure platform with low cost access through a pay as you go model," states the announcement.

The Deputy CEO – Enterprise Solutions at EITC, Farid Faraidooni, claims the Dubai blockchain agenda is "an integral strategy for the city’s future."

"We believe this [blockchain adoption] will augment not only the services that government entities provide, but it will also improve all citizens and residents’ smart city experiences as well as their everyday lives," Faraidooni concluded.

It’s expected that du will be providing the Smart Dubai with the Blockchain Platform as a Service, which is a cloud-native blockchain infrastructure that can provide private blockchain networks on Ethereum and Hyperledger fabric frameworks.

Last year, Smart Dubai and IBM Read launched the Dubai Blockchain Platform that will be powered by IBM cloud environment, hosted in the UAE.

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