Category: Payments

New Ethereum-Based Token to Be Backed by Bitcoin

U.S. crypto wallet and blockchain security firm BitGo has announced the development of an Ethereum (ETH)-based coin backed 1:1 with Bitcoin (BTC), according to an official blog post Friday, Oct. 26. The announcement reads that Wrapped Bitcoin will provide users with a “wide variety of new decentralized use cases including on decentralized exchanges (DEXs), as […]

Major Thai Bank to Test Visa Blockchain Solution for Cross-Border Payments

Thailand’s fourth largest bank, Kasikornbank, has recently joined the blockchain-based Visa B2B Connect program for cross-border payments, local newspaper The Nation reported Thursday, September 20. According to The Nation, Kasikornbank is the “first” bank in the country to use the technology, setting the stage for a more widespread use of blockchain in the country’s banking […]

Dubai Department of Finance Launches Blockchain-Based Payment System for UAE Gov’t

The Dubai Department of Finance (DoF) has partnered with the Smart Dubai Office (SDO) to launch a blockchain-powered payment system. The news was reported on by a local news site Zawya, September 23. The new platform, called “Payment Reconciliation and Settlement,” was officially launched Sunday, September 23. It is reportedly geared towards government entities, such […]

Crypto Payment Gateway Supports Largest Global Meditation, Waives Fees for Users Who Help

CoinPayments.net, a platform for business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-customer (B2C) crypto payments, reported to Cointelegraph that they will be partnering with the nonprofit Unify.org for World Peace Weekend. From Sept. 21 to Sept. 23, the charitable nonprofit campaign will empower over 1300 events all over the world, including the largest global meditation of millions of people for […]

Korean Mobile Carrier LGU+ Launches Blockchain-Based Overseas Payment System

South Korea’s LG UPlus, a mobile carrier owned by the country’s fourth largest conglomerate LG Corp., is launching a blockchain-based cross-carrier overseas payment service, Korea Times reports today, September 16. Last Thursday, September 13, LG UPlus had signed an MoU to develop the new service alongside three global partners: Taiwan-based Far EasTone Telecommunications, Japan’s SoftBank, […]

The Race for the Cross-Border Payments Market

Competition in the business of facilitating cross-border payments has just gotten tighter. Until recently, the primary fintech challenger to the reigning SWIFT international payment system has been Ripple Labs and its various products designed for the institutional banking sector. The first week of September saw the game-changing news break, as IBM announced promotion of its DLT-powered […]

Bank of China Partners With China UnionPay to Explore Blockchain for Payment Systems

The commercial, state-backed Bank of China (BOC) and financial services corporation China UnionPay (CUP) have entered into a partnership, according to an August 15 announcement. Per the terms of the agreement, the two parties will jointly explore blockchain technology applications for payment system development. The partnership comes in response to market demand and regulatory requirements, […]

The State Bank of Vietnam Suspends Import of Crypto Mining Hardware

The Vietnamese central bank, the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) announced it will suspend the import of cryptocurrency mining hardware, according to local news agency Viet Nam News July 19. The move followed an official request from the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), which suggested a temporary ban of imports of crypto mining machines, […]

Blockchain Platform to Challenge App Stores With ‘Borderless Payments’

A new platform is going to allow anyone to establish their own eCommerce content store and receive payments from anywhere in the world – reducing costs for their consumers and opening the door to fast-growing emerging markets. The platform would allow service providers and other entreprises to build up applications or services on it’s blockchain. […]

Banks Unlikely to Apply Blockchain for Cross-Border Payments in Near Future

Ripple chief cryptographer David Schwartz claims that banks are unlikely to deploy blockchain to process international payments, citing low scalability and privacy problems, Reuters reports June 13. In an interview with Reuters, Schwartz argued that despite the fact that banks acknowledge blockchain technology’s potential in reducing transaction times and costs, the technology is still not […]