On 5th September, TransferGo, a European digital payment, and remittance solution platform announced that its customers in India will now be able to make instant transfers to any part in Europe. The company will be partnering with Ripple Labs to become one of the first companies in the market to offer real-time money transfers using blockchain as the underlying technology. The company has already begun offering the real-time transfers yesterday.
The Founder and CEO of TransferGo, Daumantas Dvilinskas stated:
“We’re delighted to be one of the first companies in the market to offer our customers real-time money transfers. By using Ripple’s revolutionary blockchain technology, we’re able to establish real-time communication between us and our banking partners in India, allowing TransferGo customers to send money to family and friends or make international payments immediately.”
The company intends to use Ripple as a replacement for slower communication systems specifically SWIFT [Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication] that can take up to 2-3 days to transfer funds.
Recently, Ripple started targeting Asian markets for the propagation of their technology. In an effort to tap the 70 Billion Remittance market in India Asheesh Birla, SVP of Product at Ripple said:
“We realized that if you get the top three banks in India onto Ripple, you get 80% of the market share. And then we looked at – where’s the future? And so we realized in the next five years, one billion people will become banked in India, but they’ll be banked through their phone. So then we started targeting mobile phone providers and telcos.”
According to TransferGo, Ripple’s recent dominance in Indian markets made it the right solution for TransferGo’s first launch of the service. Moreover, Ripple is head to head in competition with the 60-year old banking system SWIFT that makes it an ideal match, as TransferGo intends to replace it.
In TransferGo’s opinion, the success of India-Europe real-time money transfers has given the company a boosted confidence to create additional products and services. In their view, blockchain technology helps provide a concrete customer value.
Additionally, TransferGo also stated that it will be launching free money transfers between the two countries. The transfers will be powered by Ripple it added.
Marcus Treacher, SVP of Customer Success at Ripple also spoke of the arrangement between Ripple and TransferGo. He said:
“At Ripple, we believe blockchain technology has the power to make money move as quickly as information moves today. TransferGo is a great example of a forward-thinking payment provider that’s leaning into new technology to facilitate real-time, cross-border money transfers for their customers. That’s a big step forward.”
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Ripple’s initiative invests in Bolt Labs to improve secondary payment channels and expand interoperability
Ripple’s arm, Xpring which invests and incubates in companies and individuals which help improve the XRP ecosystem, invested in Bolt Labs. With the new investment, Xpring hopes to develop solutions that will help improve the security of secondary payment channels and increase the interoperability by integrating with the ILP.
Bolt is a private, off-chain scaling solution which was built on top of Z-cash, a privacy-focused cryptocurrency, has attracted more than a few well-known investors in the crypto-space and Ripple’s Xpring is one among them. In a blog, Bolt Labs said that their solution will focus not only on ZCash but also other publicly available cryptocurrencies that do not have inherent on-chain privacy features.
It also stated:
“The potential for these implementations to be networked together with technologies like Interledger opens the potential further for cross-chain interactions with these privacy guarantees baked in.”
The above statement suggests that they might have a “potential” implementation for these on Interledger Protocol [ILP]. ILP was created at Ripple developed by the Interledger W3C Community Group. ILP aims at connecting two different blockchains, to integrate two different ledgers and have seamless operations between them.
This would vastly benefit the payments industry, which is facing a revolution at the hands of a nascent technology like blockchain. Ripple, a payments provider, which is leveraging cryptocurrency and blockchain to facilitate faster payments, would benefit largely from this partnership. In addition, this could also signify a potential development on the XRP Ledger and its on-chain/off-chain privacy and the currency, XRP.
A Twitter user @XRPCentre tweeted:
“If the solutions being developed by the company are able to improve the privacy of the ILP transactions, they would also be enhancing the privacy of XRP/ILP payments, which is a very demanded feature…. It’s all about interoperability and destroying network effects. If ILP succeeds in being the best protocol for cross-protocol/ledger transactions, you’d naturally search for the best asset therein.”
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