Cross-border payments platform on Corda DLT Tech by R3

Distributed ledger consortium R3 unveils a cross-border payments platform built on Corda DLT Tech
01 November 2017   896

Distributed ledger consortium R3 and 22 of its member banks have developed a solution that leverages distributed ledger technology (DLT) to enable fast, efficient and cost-effective cross-border payments. The prototype is to be released by the end of 2017

Banks involved in the initiative include Barclays, BBVA, CIBC, Commerzbank, DNB, HSBC, Intesa, KBC, KB Kookmin Bank, KEB Hana Bank, Natixis, Shinhan Bank, TD Bank, U.S. Bank and Woori Bank. 

As detailed, the solution works by creating a representation of fiat currencies on ledger, and is programmed to enable interaction with central bank digital currencies as they are rolled out. It will improve world trade efficiencies by facilitating instant international payments.

International payments systems have struggled to keep pace with the explosion of global trade and the globalisation of the world’s markets. This marks a significant milestone for distributed ledger technology as we work alongside our bank members to harness its unique attributes to build the world’s first true international payments system. This solution will be a game-changer for any bank or company whose business relies on making or receiving cross-order payments, and is a key part of R3’s wider strategy to leverage distributed ledger technology for faster and more efficient execution of all types of financial transaction.
 

David E. Rutter
CEO of R3

The unveiling comes just a month after the startup announced version 1.0 of Corda.

On top of that, other projects built around R3's core tech offering have been unveiled in recent days, including a trade finance-focused partnership involving U.K.-based Bolero.

Facebook to Launch GlobalCoin in 2020, BCC Says

Facebook consults with representatives of the US Treasury Department and Bank of England  about regulating the initiative named Libra
24 May 2019   43

Operator of the world's largest social network Facebook Inc. will launch a new payment network based on its own cryptocurrency in the “dozen countries” in the first quarter of 2020, the BBC reports.

The publication claims that Facebook consults with representatives of the US Treasury Department and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney about regulating the initiative, code-named Libra.

At the same time, the Financial Times reported that Facebook is already in talks about listing GlobalCoin on the American exchanges Gemini and Coinbase. 

Sources of the publication said that Facebook is discussing with the trading firms Jump and DRW the prospects of market-making and liquidity.

Previously, the media claimed that the company is also in talks to support the initiative with Western Union, Visa and Mastercard.

Testing the network is supposedly scheduled for the third quarter of this year.

On May 2, Facebook registered Libra Networks in Geneva, Switzerland. Its profile involves the development of infrastructure and software, in particular, related to investment activities, payment transactions, financing, identity management, data analysis, Big Data, blockchain and other technologies.