Banco Santander is considered to be the best bank in the world right now. And it is an official Rippler partner, client. It operates all over the world, and it’s one of the few traditional financial institutions that like to get ahead of the times by adopting new technologies instead of being conservative, fearful, and waiting, which is what most banks in the world do. Bankers hate change and innovation… until it saves them money.
That’s why Banco Santander adopted Ripple’s technology for settling international payments early. The Spanish bank released a mobile app that allows for the instant settlement of international payments in Western Europe more than a year ago. That was a massive success for Ripple’s technology and credibility, but it’s worked very well too for Santander and its customers.
Santander remains one of Ripple’s main strategic partners in the world, and it’s still developing new use cases for the technology. According to Marcus Treacher, who serves as Ripple’s Global Head of Strategic Accounts, Santander just opened a new payments corridor in the Santander OnePay FX app. It just went online, and Ripple also powers it.
It has a lot of advantages to Santander’s customers. Payments get settled in a matter of seconds for a start. Also, customers don’t pay for FX conversion (which could be because the exchange is done using XRP as a mediating currency). But it could be all about the initial promotion of the new service. We’ll have to wait and see.
It is excellent news for Ripple as well as for XRP holders. New use cases create a utility which begets demand. And demand becomes a superb market performance in the cryptocurrency market.
We are seeing how more and more economic corridors are popping up in the planet powered by blockchain technologies such as Stellar Lumens or Cardano, but mainly by Ripple’s technologies and its native cryptocurrency, XRP.
All these successes are a testament to Ripple’s focus. The company has been utterly invested in solving the global transfer problem since 2012. It’s created the technology needed and, most importantly, it’s managed to persuade the most unlikely institutions in the world to adopt (or at least test) that technology so that they can understand that cheaper, faster, more reliable international operations are better for every party involved.
The Ripple Net includes 200 banks and remittance services scattered all over the planet, and it keeps recruiting new strategic partners at the tune of one per week, on average. Most of them haven’t adopted the Californian firm’s technology at a production stage because inertia is the prevailing attitude in the world’s financial services.
Bankers are conservative, and they hate change. But as they read the writing on the wall, they will come to understand that Ripple is a much better option for them than the SWIFT system, which is 44 years old, unchanged since its inception, and still the world’s standard for settling cross-border payments.
Other members in the Ripple Network include Western Union, MoneyGram, and some of the largest banks in the Asia-Pacific zone.
Keep an eye out for Ripple. XRP usually performs very well in the cryptocurrency market, and as more news like this one keeps being announced, it will only perform even better.
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