Ethereum-Based Blockchain Payings adopted in Taiwan Bank

A private commercial Taiwanese firm - the Taipei Fubon Commercial Bank, has run a blockchain-based payments system for retail usage, a first in the country
15 May 2018   401

As reported by the Taipei Times, this bank declared about the adoption of the payment system for local restaurants and merchants on Sunday. The bank is rolling out the blockchain fees system in merchant companies and eateries near the National Chengchi University, a national research university placed in the country’s capital.

The bank first started a partnership with the university in March 2017 revealing a joint-project dubbed the ‘Key Technology and Engineering R&D for Blockchain Payment Network’. While being tested at the university’s own campus, the blockchain payment platform assisted transaction volumes among participating merchants selling lunch-time food to students grow four-fold.

The payments platform works on the Ethereum blockchain by utilizing the Istanbul Byzantine Fault Tolerance algorithm, making it able to scale and substantially decrease transaction times and costs. The bank affirms that transaction times take less than a second on the network, pointing out the advantages of adopting a blockchain-powered system. The project in the whole took six months before the bank began accepting the system in October 2017. In recent weeks it has been using as a payments platform all around the university.

Taipei city officials have already confirmed their intention to use blockchain technology in order to make the city’s capital into a “smart city” with an amount of applications in such spheres as health care, electric vehicle charging using feeless micropayments, monitoring air quality for pollution levels and others.

Line to Launch Bibox Exchange in Singapore

Bitbox supports 28 digital currencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, USDT, XRP, Litecoin, Ethereum Classic, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Gold, MonaCoin, Qtum and Golem
16 July 2018   140

One of the most popular messengers in Asia Line has launched a Bitbox exchange in Singapore. Trading on the platform started this morning and is limited to pairs with crypto-currencies, Cryptovest reports.

Bitbox supports 28 digital currencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, USDT, XRP, Litecoin, Ethereum Classic, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Gold, MonaCoin, Qtum and Golem.

BITBOX is only for trading cryptocurrencies (Digital Tokens). Fiat currencies (USD, KRW, etc.) cannot be exchanged on BITBOX.
 

Bitbox Website

Bitbox charges a 0.1% commission and supports 15 languages, including English, Korean, Chinese, Spanish, French and German. In Russia, the US, Japan and some other countries, the exchange is not available.

At the beginning of the year, Line Group applied for a license to the Japan Financial Services Agency, but the process dragged on because of tightening of the regulator's requirements in the light Coincheck exchange hack. All crypto exchange, wishing to provide services in the Japanese market, are required to obtain permission from the local regulator.

Currently, Line is also in the process of obtaining a license in the US. The company decided to open its first trading platform for crypto-currencies in Singapore, as this city-state adheres to a progressive approach to the regulation of the digital currency sphere.

With cryptocurrency, we are going to take our challenge in financial services global.
 

Takeshi Idezawa

CEO, Line

In May, Line Group denied rumors that it intends to release its own token and distribute it through the ICO. Every month Line is used by about 200 million people. The messenger is extremely popular in Japan, South Korea and Thailand.