Wanchain Joins Telefónica, One of the World’s Largest Telephone Operators, Developing a Mobile Blockchain Future

Blockchain Phone. Image from Shutterstock. Wanchain Symbol Eleven Paths, a subsidiary of Telefónica, has tapped Wanchain in an effort to build a secure blockchain platform for the mobile generation. Rivetz is a security company which works extensively in the blockchain space and also plays an important role in the new effort. Wanchain is an Ethereum fork which specializes in cross-chain compatibility. With Wanchain, users can hold both Bitcoin and Ethereum. In an exclusive talk with Wanchain’s Dan Reecer, CCN learned that its interchain operability is what sets Wanchain apart in…

HSBC Completed $250 Billion in Blockchain-Processed Transactions in 2018

HSBC. Image Shutterstock. According to a press release quoted by the Financial Times on Monday, HSBC, one of the largest banking institutions in the world by total assets, reported $250 billion in settled transactions in 2018, using the blockchain technology. The press release revealed that during the last calendar year, HSBC settled over 3 million blockchain-based foreign exchange transactions. Performed through its blockchain platform, “FX Everywhere,” the bank says it has processed 150,000 payments since the platform launched in February 2018. HSBC completed its first blockchain trade finance transaction in May…

What Crypto Winter? Blockchain Developers are Still Making a Killing

Blockchain developers are now earning more than they were six months ago, according to a survey-based report by Computer World. In the course of the last six months, the annual pay for blockchain developers in the highest bracket increased by over US$4,000, as per the survey which was conducted by management consulting firm Janco Associates. The median annual pay for blockchain developers is also considerably higher than that of other software developers at US$132,000. Experienced developers earn even more – US$176,000 – especially when they change employers. Top of the…

Pakistan’s First Blockchain-Based Remittance Service Launched Using Alipay’s Technology

A Pakistani financial institution has rolled out a cross-border remittance service based on blockchain technology developed by Alibaba affiliate, Alipay. Telenor Microfinance Bank and Malaysian fintech firm Valyou have partnered to offer the service to that will operate between Malaysia and Pakistan. The service is expected to enhance the efficiency and speed of remittances from the former to the latter. Additionally, Pakistan’s first blockchain-based remittance service will eliminate intermediary costs making it cheaper to send money. Users will also be able to track the remittances at ‘every step of the…

Bitcoin is a ‘Fad,’ But Even NASA is Investing in Blockchain

Bitcoin birthed the concept of blockchain technology, and now even organizations as technologically advanced as NASA are considering its benefits. Yet cryptocurrency is often described as a fad, a bubble, and even worthless. NASA Eyes Hyperledger Blockchain for Air Traffic Management Ronald J. Reisman, an aero-computer engineer at the NASA Ames Research Center, has put forward blockchain to solve issues of privacy and the prevention of spoofing, denial of service, and other attacks. He says a new system due for implementation in 2020, the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), does not…

Pakistan Taps Blockchain Developed by $150B Alipay, But Forbids Bitcoin

The government of Pakistan is reportedly using a blockchain platform developed by Alibaba’s Alipay. But, cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin remain banned in the country for payments. The initiative of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) of Pakistan to utilize a blockchain application to combat money laundering demonstrates the typical “blockchain not Bitcoin” narrative pushed by central banks and large financial institutions. Blockchain Not Bitcoin Several months ago, Pakistan established a partnership with Telenor Microfinance Bank, a financial institution owned and operated by Alipay, a $150 billion fintech giant based in China…

China to Enforce Regulation for Blockchain Companies in February

China’s internet regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China(CAC) in a detailed document outlined a final draft of regulations concerning cryptocurrency and blockchain companies. The rules will come into effect starting February 19, and provide a set of guidelines that blockchain companies are required to follow. According to the CAC’s director: The Regulations on the Management of Blockchain Information Services has been reviewed and approved by the Office of the Internet Information Office of the State Council and is herebypromulgated and will be implemented as of February 15, 2019. According to…

The First Live Enterprise Blockchain Sets Sights on Every Area of Global Trade

In a space infamous for promising radical transformation but delivering mostly prototypes so far, Roberto Mancone, we.trade’s chief operating officer, has a record of making good on his pledges. Early last year, he promised the trade finance blockchain platform would go live by mid-2018 – which it did, with a focus on trading between small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) in various European countries. Later in the year, we.trade pledged it would make its first move outside Europe – which it did, announcing a project to explore interoperability with Hong Kong’s…

Can Dubai Become the First Blockchain Powered City by 2020?

When we think of Dubai, we think of Arab billionaire lifestyles, 6-star hotels, and awe-inspiring skyscrapers. But did you know that plans are in place to turn Dubai into the first blockchain-powered city by 2020? The Director-General of Smart Dubai, Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, believes that city is in prime position to establish itself as a blockchain and crypto epicenter that could become a fully-integrated blockchain smart city in the next couple of years. Blockchain Smart City in the UAE Smart Dubai are the organizers of the Global…

Initial Exchange Offerings Restore Agility to Blockchain’s Original Fundraising Model

One of the most groundbreaking concepts to emerge from blockchain over its short lifespan has been the initial coin offering, or ICO. In this article, the author will discuss an emerging trend called “Initial Exchange Offerings” or IEOs. Reading about blockchain or cryptocurrency in any newspaper will allude to this unique type of public offering, which draws parallels with its cousin the IPO. An ICO is when a company issues blockchain tokens that it will then sell in exchange for common cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum, which are more fungible.…