RippleNet expands into emerging markets

Additional 5 international financial institutions have joined Ripple
21 February 2018   973

Banks from Brazil (Itau Unibanco) and India (IndusInd) along with remittance providers from Singapore (InstaReM), Brazil (Beetech) and Canada (Zip Remit) joined the ranks of members of the enterprise blockchain solution for global payments. This announcement with an earlier partnership with China (Lianlian) brings Ripple even closer to the so called 'emerging markets'. With the partners base of more than 100 organizations worldwide, Ripple allows its members access and exchange payment information between each other and finalize the transactions in an instant.

We are pleased to partner with Ripple. Now, RippleNet members will be able to process a large number of payouts in Southeast Asian countries through InstaReM’s secure rails.

 

Prajit Nanu

Co-founder and CEO, InstaReM

On top of that, with the application of a blockchain technology the costs of transactions and the transfer times get drastically decreased. It is reported that IndusInd and InstaRem will use Ripple's xCurrent platform to improve cross-border payments to other financial institutions globally; and Beetech with Zip Remit will use xVia to deal with global payments for their respective customers.

The payments problem is a global problem, but its negative impact disproportionally affects emerging markets. Whether it’s a teacher in the U.S. sending money home to his family in Brazil or a small business owner in India trying to move money to open up a second store in another country, it’s imperative that we connect the world’s financial institutions into a payments system that works for their customers, not against them.

 

Patrick Griffin

Head of business development, Ripple

Crypto Won't Replace Fiat, XRP CEO Says

But head of Ripple believes that cross-border payments are the sphere in which cryptocurrencies can be an ideal solution
05 September 2018   589

Ripple's CEO Brad Garlinghouse is convinced that the fiat currency will not lose relevance in the near future and called "senseless" the possible replacement of traditional currencies with digital assets. The future of crypto currency lies in cross-border transactions, Garlinghouse said in the Stanford Legal podcast. This is reported by CoinSpeaker.

I don’t think we’re going to be buying coffee at Starbucks with Bitcoin or XRP anytime soon. I think we’ve got to ask ourselves: What problem is that solving? You were talking about paying for the day spa bill and how you do that, but I think in some ways the friction – fiat currency, the US dollar in this case works pretty well, and so we need to make sure it’s better than that before we talk about it as a currency…
 

Brad Garlinghouse

CEO, Ripple

According to Garlinghouse, cryptocurrencies can be used in the st way in international payments and as a means of preserving value. This is especially true of crisis and weak economies, with a high level of inflation. He noted that the average annual inflation of the currencies of countries outside the G20 is about 6%.

There are economies where the fiat currency is at best a weak currency. And in those contexts, if I were a consumer experiencing hyperinflation – would you rather hold a cryptocurrency or your fiat currency? And in a lot of those cases, you’re seeing people take their dollars, or not dollars, pesos of various sorts, and saying, ‘I’d rather hold this because it’s a better asset to hold in terms of its potential appreciation and lack of inflation.
 

Brad Garlinghouse

CEO, Ripple

The head of Ripple stressed that cross-border payments are the sphere in which cryptocurrencies can be an ideal solution. He also noted the Ripple, which allows to conduct international transactions "almost in real time". This will help many companies save time and resources.

We had one of the largest banks in Australia, the CEO told me that 40% of all of their consumer wire transfers result in a customer service phone call. The frustrating thing for the bank is not only do they have to absorb the cost of taking a customer service phone call, they also deliver the news that they don’t know wait a couple more days it’ll probably be there.
 

Brad Garlinghouse

CEO, Ripple

Earlier, the Northern District Court of California rejected a class action lawsuit filed by investor Ryan Coffey against Ripple Labs Inc. on behalf of everyone who bought XRP tokens after January 1, 2013. The company was accused of illegally manipulating the price of XRP.