Bitcoin Unable to Solve Problems of Traditional Payment Systems

An official from Spain’s central bank, the Bank of Spain (BDE) believes that Bitcoin (BTC) is unable to resolve the problems faced by major payment systems. BDE’s Deputy General Director for financial innovations and market infrastructure, Carlos Colesa, gave his opinion on the leading cryptocurrency in a report published on Sunday, Feb. 17. The study dubbed “Bitcoin: a solution for payment systems or a solution in search of a problem?,” is marked as an “occasional paper,” according to Cointelegraph en Español. This  means that the Bank of Spain does not…

Major Omani Bank Joins RippleNet Cross-Border Payment Network

Oman’s second largest bank by market value, BankDhofar, has begun using RippleNet technology for cross-border payments to India. The news was tweeted by the managing director of South Asia and MENA at Ripple, Navin Gupta, on Feb. 16. RippleNet is a global blockchain-based payment network of institutional payment providers, that was developed by technology company Ripple. In January, RippleNet expanded its network to over 200 customers, including such industry players as JNFX, SendFriend, Transpaygo, FTCS and Euro Exim Bank. Per the recent announcement, BankDhofar has become the first bank in…

E-Commerce Giant Rakuten’s New Payment App Appears to Support Crypto

Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten announced that a major update of its Rakuten Pay mobile app will be released on March 18, according to the firm’s 2018 earnings release, published on Feb. 12. The app’s new structure appears to indicate that it will support cryptocurrency payments in addition to fiat. According to the company’s presentation material for the fourth quarter and the full year of 2018, the new version of the app will feature “all payment solutions embedded into one platform.” As Cointelegraph reported in January, and the recent materials confirm,…

Major Canadian Exchange Coinsquare Acquires Zero-Fee Payment Network StellarX

Major Canadian crypto exchange Coinsquare has acquired StellarX, a Stellar (XLM)-based zero-fee decentralized payment network, according to a press release published on Feb. 14. According to the announcement, Bermuda-based StellarX will be a fully owned subsidiary of Coinsquare and will seek regulatory approval to operate and expand its service under Coinsquare’s compliance. The new acquisition has followed Coinsquare’s recent purchase of private Stellar wallet BlockEQ in December 2018, the press release notes. The firm is reportedly set to be rebranded to become the anchor wallet for the StellarX platform. Megha…

World’s 5th Largest Bank Aims to Debut Blockchain Payment Network in 2020

Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) has officially announced it will launch a new blockchain-based payment system, according to a press release published on Feb. 12. The world’s fifth-largest bank is working on the project in partnership with United States content delivery network Akamai, with the aim to launch in H1 2020. Dubbed the “Global Open Network,” the platform aims to utilize MUFG’s payment industry reach to cement its standing in the increasingly competitive blockchain payments market. MUFG and Akamai had first announced a partnership in May of last year,…

Fintech Startup to Use Oracle Blockchain Platform to Boost Payment Processes

Finance platform SDK.finance has partnered with Oracle to use the Oracle Blockchain Platform to improve payments processes and remove intermediaries. The partnership was announced in a press release published on Feb. 12. SDK.finance is a European-based fintech startup that offers a payment platform for banks and financial institutions. In 2015, the company was reportedly recognized as the best fintech startup by the Central European Startups Awards, while in 2018 it overcame other major industry players in terms of application programming interface (API) endpoints. By integrating the Oracle platform, SDK.finance reportedly…

Payment Processor Netpay to Integrate Blockchain-Based Tool: Report

Major global online payments firm Netpay International has partnered with Israeli firm BNC LedgerTech to integrate blockchain into its services, Finance Magnates reported on Feb. 12. Netpay International will reportedly become the fourth fintech firm to use BNC LedgerTech’s digital, blockchain-based banking solution “Ubanker.” By using the blockchain-based tool, Netpay International will reportedly cut operation costs. According to the report, BNC LedgerTech charges a fixed minimum fee, whereas banks generally charge a percentage of the total transferred amount. According to Finance Magnates, Ubanker complies with European Union central bank regulations,…

UAE Exchange and Payment Platform Unimoni Join Ripple’s Payments Network

Finablr, a global payment platform and foreign exchange operator based in the United Arab Emirates, has joined Ripple’s (XRP) RippleNet blockchain network, a press release reveals on Feb. 11. Finablr’s network brands, UAE Exchange and payment platform Unimoni, will use the blockchain-based platform provided by Ripple to complete real-time transactions to Thailand. The firm also reported it has plans to expand the services to other countries in future. As per the press release, the first partner in the service major Thai bank, Siam Commercial Bank, letting UAE Exchange and Unimoni…

Bitcoin Accepted as Payment for Transportation in 37 Argentinian Cities

The adoption of Bitcoin as a globally used cryptocurrency is a slow and time-consuming process, yet despite the pessimistic statements of many experts, every day the dream seems to be a little closer. Following in the footsteps of other countries like Australia which decided to accept Bitcoin as a form of payment for airline tickets, Argentina has taken a step forward in Latin America by integrating the use of crypto into the payment of one of the country’s most important services: public transport. According to an article published by Cripto247,…

Crypto Payment Processor CoinGate Adds Support for Ripple’s XRP

Cryptocurrency payment processor CoinGate has added Ripple’s native token XRP to its payment options for merchants, a company tweet revealed Feb. 1. According to the firm’s accompanying blog post, using the service “XRP coin owners can now use it as a means of payment at more than 4,500 shops online.” CoinGate notes that, by offering what it defines as the first native XRP payment processing service, it hopes “to significantly boost its utility.” The company’s customers using this service reportedly have the option of instant settlement in euros, Bitcoin (BTC),…