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Union Bank of the Philippines Launching Cryptocurrency ATM

February 9, 2019 |

Union Bank of the Philippines Launching Cryptocurrency ATM

One of the largest banks in the Philippines is reportedly launching a two-way cryptocurrency ATM that is in compliance with Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ specifications. In the Philippines, the central bank regulates cryptocurrencies “when used for delivery of financial services, particularly, for payments and remittances.”

Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community Calls for Positive Regulations

Unionbank’s ATM

The Philippine Star reported on Wednesday that the Union Bank of the Philippines (Unionbank) machine will be the country’s first crypto ATM that complies with the rules set by the central bank, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). The project is part of the Philippine government’s regulatory sandbox. The bank says it has been collaborating with the BSP to provide Filipinos with innovative solutions.

Union Bank of the Philippines Launching Cryptocurrency ATM

Unionbank said in a statement, “In the bank’s continued quest to cater to the evolving needs and tastes of customers, including clients who use virtual currency, the ATM will provide these clients an alternative channel to convert their pesos to virtual currency and vice versa,” the publication conveyed. No specific coins were mentioned in the announcement.

A picture of the bank’s upcoming crypto ATM was posted on social media on Jan. 17 by Twitter user Mike Abundo.Union Bank of the Philippines Launching Cryptocurrency ATM

Crypto Regulation in the Philippines

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas explained, “Following the warning advisory issued by the BSP in March 2014, a formal regulatory approach was adopted through the issuance of Circular No. 944 dated 6 February 2017.” This circular establishes “guidelines for virtual currency (VC) exchanges” offering “services or engaging in activities that provide facility for the conversion or exchange of fiat currency to VC or vice versa” in the country, the BSP wrote.

Noting that it “does not intend to endorse” any cryptocurrencies including bitcoin, the BSP clarified that it aims to regulate them “when used for delivery of financial services, particularly, for payments and remittances.”

Union Bank of the Philippines Launching Cryptocurrency ATM

According to the circular, crypto exchanges must obtain a certificate of registration to operate as a remittance and transfer company. In addition, “Large value pay-outs of more than P500,000 [~$ 183,000] or its foreign currency equivalent, in any single transaction with customers or counterparties, shall only be made via check payment or direct credit to deposit accounts.”

Furthermore, they must “maintain an internal control system commensurate to the nature, size and complexity of their respective businesses” and adhere to the minimum control standard issued by the BSP, the circular describes.

As of November last year, the central bank has issued provisional licenses to seven crypto exchanges and is evaluating over 40 applications currently, according to a document on its website.

What do you think of Unionbank launching a crypto ATM? Let us know in the comments section below.


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PR: MoneyToken Is Launching Its Own Exchange – in Collaboration With Huobi Cloud

January 30, 2019 |

MoneyToken Is Launching Its Own Exchange – in Collaboration With Huobi Cloud

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MoneyToken, one of the leading global crypto-lending platforms offering crypto assets-backed loans, has announced the launch of their new MoneyToken Exchange platform in a collaboration with Huobi Cloud.

This gives MoneyToken the ability to leverage Huobi’s technical expertise and security know-how, plus gives users access to the liquidity that Huobi Cloud has to offer.

The Exchange has been launched at 1:00 PM UTC today, and the team has also announced that a lottery with a 200 ETH prize fund is in the pipeline, as a way to engage and thank all of MoneyToken supporters.

MoneyToken is one of 2018-19s top ventures, with a thriving community of more than 50,000 active users and a number of well-known advisors and supporters such as Roger Ver.

With the launch of their Exchange, MoneyToken is starting to fulfill the dream of their founders and developers, creating a financial ecosystem that revolutionizes the finance industry and opens the door to new opportunities for their customers.

MoneyToken’s current user base will be crossing over to join the Huobi Cloud ecosystem while getting unique access to one of the biggest liquidity pools in the world. If we were to make a prediction, then in our opinion this will dramatically accelerate MoneyToken’s growth potential.

MoneyToken users can expect all kinds of new opportunities from the partnership between Huobi Cloud and MoneyToken – right away:

  • Lending platform users will have the unique ability to trade their collateral, not only gaining access to liquidity through the loan process, but also getting the chance to work their crypto-assets and gain potential growth.
  • MoneyToken will be able to liquidate collateral much quicker, accelerating a service already known for its speed of operation.
  • More features, like derivatives contracts, margin trading, OTC, withdrawal to fiat and short selling will become available on the MoneyToken Exchange as it is rolled out to users.

With MoneyToken Lending platform combined with MoneyToken Exchange the opportunities are endless. By sharing one order book with Huobi Cloud, MoneyToken ensures sustainable volume to make smoothly processing unlimited orders possible.

It seems that initiatives like MoneyToken and Huobi Global are leading the way to a bright future for cryptocurrency. Why not join them on the journey? To participate in the MoneyToken Exchange beta test, go to exchange.moneytoken.com and find out what the future looks like…

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Tests concluded, Iran prepares for launching of satellites

January 5, 2019 |

Iran’s telecommunications minister says his country’s three new satellites have successfully passed pre-launch tests.
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‘Move fast and break things,’ satellite edition: FCC fines Swarm $900,000 for launching without permission

December 21, 2018 |

Swarm Technologies Inc. learned an expensive lesson this week: If you’re going to shoot satellites into space, make sure the government signs off first.

The Menlo Park, Calif., company has agreed to pay a $ 900,000 fine to the Federal Communications Commission, the regulatory agency said Thursday….


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Japan’s Monex Group Launching Crypto Exchange in the US

December 14, 2018 |

Monex Group, a major Japanese financial services company and the parent company of cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck, has unveiled its plan to launch a crypto exchange in the U.S. next quarter. The company has also shared its expansion plans for Coincheck in Japan.

Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community Calls for Positive Regulations

U.S. Expansion

Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed Monex Group (8698.T) held a business strategy briefing session on Wednesday to outline its U.S. expansion plan through its subsidiary Tradestation.

Japan’s Monex Group Launching Cryptocurrency Exchange in the US
Oki Matsumoto.

The group acquired Coincheck, one of Japan’s largest crypto exchanges, after it was hacked in January. Tradestation, a U.S.-based wholly owned subsidiary of the group, offers online electronic brokerage services to individual and institutional traders.

Monex CEO Oki Matsumoto said at the briefing that Tradestation “plans to offer virtual currency transactions … in the first quarter of 2019,” Reuters reported. Tradestation CEO John Bartleman was quoted by Coin Post as saying:

For cryptocurrency business, we have been preparing the virtual currency service in the U.S. for the past several months. We believe it can start in the first quarter of 2019.

Japan’s Monex Group Launching Cryptocurrency Exchange in the USAccording to Cointelegraph Japan, the new U.S. exchange will list the top five cryptocurrencies but the actual list has yet to be finalized. In addition, the company is in the process of acquiring money transmitter licenses in all U.S. states. In December last year, Tradestation began offering the trading of bitcoin futures contracts by the Cboe Futures Exchange.

Expansion Plans for Japan

Matsumoto also provided an update on Coincheck’s application to register as a cryptocurrency operator with Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA). “We have been consulting with the Financial Services Agency” about registration, he said, emphasizing that Coincheck resumed its exchange business last month. Currently, the exchange supports the trading of BTC, BCH, ETH, ETC, LSK, FCT, XRP, XEM, and LTC.

Japan’s Monex Group Launching Cryptocurrency Exchange in the USCoincheck is categorized as a deemed dealer which means it has been allowed by the FSA to operate a crypto exchange while its application is being reviewed. Currently, there are 16 registered crypto exchanges in Japan and three deemed dealers.

Monex detailed that since the acquisition of Coincheck, many improvements have been made to the platform, including a change in the management structure and delisting anonymous cryptocurrencies.

Nikkei Asian Review reported Coincheck’s President Toshihiko Katsuya explaining on Wednesday:

Coincheck plans to expand its services beyond trading into areas such as payments and transfers.

What do you think of Monex Group’s plans to expand in the U.S. and Japan? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Swiss Crypto Exchange-Traded Product Launching Nov. 21, but It’s Not an ETF

November 20, 2018 |

Swiss Crypto Exchange-Traded Product Launching Nov. 21, But It’s Not an ETF

New.Bitcoin.com has confirmed that the exchange-traded product tracking an index of five leading cryptocurrencies will start trading on Switzerland’s principal stock exchange on Nov. 21. The exchange has also confirmed that this product is not an exchange-traded fund (ETF). The country’s financial regulator, Finma, explains the differences.

Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space

Differences Between ETPs and ETFs

Swiss Crypto Exchange-Traded Product Launching Nov. 21, but It’s Not an ETFThe news of the cryptocurrency exchange-traded product (ETP) by Zug-based Amun AG having been approved by Switzerland’s principal stock exchange, Six Swiss Exchange, spread throughout the crypto community over the weekend.

The product tracks an index of five major cryptocurrencies: BTC, XRP, ETH, BCH, and LTC. While Amun’s website refers to this product only as an ETP, some believe that it is an exchange-traded fund (ETF).

Swiss Crypto Exchange-Traded Product Launching Nov. 21, but It’s Not an ETFETPs and ETFs are two different products, listed under different categories on Six Swiss Exchange.

A spokesperson from Finma, Switzerland’s financial regulator, told news.Bitcoin.com:

It is important to separate ETPs from ETFs, as ETPs are not subject to the Collective Investment Schemes Act (Cisa) and are therefore not supervised by Finma.

Noting that ETFs “are funds that are traded on an exchange and normally track the performance of an index,” he emphasized that “In Switzerland, these products are subject to the Cisa.”

A spokesperson from Six Swiss Exchange also confirmed to news.Bitcoin.com that Amun Crypto is an ETP, not an ETF, adding that the product will start trading on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The exchange clarified:

ETPs are collateralized, noninterest-earning bearer debt securities which replicate an underlying [asset] (generally from the commodities sector), either on a regular or leveraged basis. Like ETFs, they trade in a multi market-making segment, but in legal terms they are not funds.

ETFs, ETPs and ETNs

On its website, Six Swiss Exchange detailed different types of “passive financial products in Switzerland.” The first two on the list are ETF and ETP.

Swiss Crypto Exchange-Traded Product Launching Nov. 21, but It’s Not an ETF

The document indicates that ETPs include exchange-traded notes (ETNs) and exchange-traded commodities (ETCs). ETNs are a type of debt security that trades on exchanges and promise a return linked to a market index or other benchmark. ETCs also trade on exchanges but provide exposure to commodities and commodity indices.

Swiss Crypto Exchange-Traded Product Launching Nov. 21, but It’s Not an ETFFurthermore, ETFs and ETPs also carry different risks. “ETFs are separate pools of assets,” Swiss Funds and Asset Management Association described in its report on ETFs and Index Funds. “In the event of the insolvency (bankruptcy) of the provider (e.g. the fund management company or custodian bank), the assets and rights of the ETF can be segregated, and there is no issuer risk in this regard.” Debt securities, however, “often entail an issuer risk that is hard to calculate,” the report author noted.

Public Misunderstanding Led to Trading Suspension

Swiss Crypto Exchange-Traded Product Launching Nov. 21, but It’s Not an ETFXBT Provider’s exchange-traded products have also been misunderstood by the public.

In September, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) temporarily suspended trading of the company’s products — Bitcoin Tracker One and Ether Tracker One — due to the inconsistencies of their descriptions.

The commission wrote:

The broker-dealer application materials submitted to enable the offer and sale of these financial products in the United States, as well as certain trading websites, characterize them as ‘exchange traded funds (ETF)’ … Other public sources characterize the instruments as ‘exchange traded notes (ETN)’.

In addition, the SEC noted that “the issuer characterizes them in its offering materials as ‘non-equity linked certificates’,” which “are not principal protected” and “do not bear interest.”

Citing “a lack of current, consistent and accurate information” of the two investment vehicles which resulted “in confusion amongst market participants regarding these financial instruments,” the SEC justified its decision to suspend their trading.

What do you think of Amun Crypto ETP trading on Six Exchange? Let us know in the comments section below.


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PR: BitCanna – Dutch Blockchain Startup Launching a Revolutionary Cannabis Platform

October 31, 2018 |

BitCanna - Dutch Blockchain Startup Launching a Revolutionary Cannabis Platform

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Leading global cannabis brands are ready to go cashless and take advantage of all the opportunities offered by the BitCanna blockchain platform

AMSTERDAM, October 31, 2018 – With the current exponential growth of both the global cannabis industry and blockchain technology, there is a potential partnership that stands to benefit both. Within the cannabis industry, there is a growing demand for payment solutions, track & traceability of crops, and trust mechanisms. BitCanna is combining the best of all worlds, addressing each of these problems through the launch of its blockchain platform and associated cryptocurrency. Over the past year, a team of 20 dedicated specialists has worked in close collaboration with the cannabis industry on the development of the platform and its global expansion. A large and growing number of leading international brands have already confirmed their partnership, and on the first of November their ICO will open for interested investors.

Most banks and financial service providers still refuse to process cannabis transactions due to the large degree of regulatory uncertainty in the industry. Leading experts and entrepreneurs from both the financial and cannabis industries view this as a huge opportunity to build a global digital payment solution for cannabis retailers that can circumvent traditional financial institutions.

“Keeping up with constantly changing cannabis laws is very difficult. So banks, credit card companies, and online payment providers either refuse to get involved in cannabis, or they charge excessively high transaction fees,” according to Jan Scheele, CEO of BitCanna. “That puts companies who are selling cannabis products legally in a tricky situation — they have to figure out how to take their businesses cashless and sell online without breaking any laws. That’s where BitCanna will help.”

BitCanna is a global blockchain technology company that helps cannabis companies to go cashless securely, legally, and cost-effectively. The company claims to be able to process transactions using its BitCanna token almost instantaneously and for a fee of just a few cents. It will also let vendors manage their supply chains and record all customer identification data. It is an incremental technological breakthrough for the entire global industry.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s a $ 10 or $ 100 transaction. Our customers will pay a small flat fee,” says Scheele. “We’re introducing a payment system that will make it cost-effective and safe for all cannabis companies to accept digital payments — whether they’re selling online or in-store.”

It’s not just online retailers who can benefit from blockchain technology. Some brick and mortar cannabis retailers spend as much as 10-15% of their revenues on security and staff to upkeep a cash-only business. Providing these companies with payment processing technology can help them reduce security risks while complying with regulations.

Many industry experts believe that despite the growth we’ve seen over the past few years, the cannabis market is only just beginning to take shape. In the United States alone, the cannabis market is forecast to double from $ 22B in 2017 to $ 44B in 2020. And the global market is expected to reach $ 140B by 2027, according to European investment bank Bryan, Garnier & Co.

BitCanna is well-placed to benefit from this growing industry. The company will have direct integration with some of the largest online cannabis shops when it launches in Q3 2019. It will run pilots at brick and mortar locations in the cannabis capitals Amsterdam and Barcelona. BitCanna alone has already partnered with dozens of cannabis companies to create the BitCanna Alliance. Alliance members are active in 27 countries and attract a combined 10 million unique website visitors a month so far.

The company has ambitious plans to become the global digital payment solution for the cannabis industry. It will launch in Europe first and then quickly expand to the rest of the world.

About BitCanna

BitCanna is a decentralized payment network for the legal cannabis industry. The company was founded by Boy Ramsahai, a true cannabis industry veteran who founded an internationally successful cannabis media company in 1991. His Dutch-language magazines High Life and Soft Secrets are well known in the Netherlands. BitCanna has partnered with major brands in the European cannabis market to form the BitCanna Alliance. The Alliance is working to create a healthy and transparent cannabis market by securing and tracking digital transactions and implementing supply chain and customer management.

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BTCC Launching Cryptocurrency Exchange in South Korea

October 17, 2018 |

BTCC Launching Cryptocurrency Exchange in South Korea

Hong Kong-headquartered cryptocurrency exchange BTCC is reportedly launching services in South Korea this month. In addition to a cryptocurrency exchange, the company will offer a wallet service, a mining pool, and a consumer payments service, according to its Korean website.

Also read: 160 Crypto Exchanges Seek to Enter Japanese Market, Regulator Reveals

BTCC Expanding Into South Korea

BTCC, formerly known as BTC China, is launching services in South Korea on Oct. 31, according to the Investor. The beta service will start this month and the exchange “will make its official debut in November,” the publication added.

BTCC Launching Cryptocurrency Exchange in South Korea“The world’s first cryptocurrency exchange BTCC is preparing to open in Korea,” the company wrote on its Korean website’s homepage. Four services are listed: an exchange, a wallet service, a mining pool, and a service to facilitate consumer payments. “BTCC is establishing an on / offline payment system using cryptocurrency,” its website states, adding that it “is expanding services for real-life use.”

The news outlet elaborated:

BTCC said it will expand its footprint through strategic tie-ups with local and global firms.

BTCC Launching Cryptocurrency Exchange in South KoreaFounded in 2011, BTCC was one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world by trading volume before the Chinese government cracked down on cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs) in September last year. The government’s action caused all major cryptocurrency exchanges to exit China and move their operations overseas.

Following the crackdown, BTCC shut down its operations in China and re-launched its services in Hong Kong. The company is now headquartered in Hong Kong but serves a global customer base. The new BTCC exchange offers the trading of five cryptocurrencies against the USD — BTC, BCH, ETH, LTC, and DASH. In addition, the latter four cryptocurrencies can be traded against BTC. The BTCC Korea exchange, however, has not announced which coins will be supported.

BTCC Launching Cryptocurrency Exchange in South Korea
Cryptocurrencies supported on the main BTCC website.

Korean Cryptocurrency Ecosystem

BTCC Launching Cryptocurrency Exchange in South KoreaThe South Korean cryptocurrency market is dominated by four exchanges: Upbit, Bithumb, Coinone, and Korbit. Bithumb is the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the country by trading volume while Upbit is the largest by the number of coins listed. Upbit, which offers the trading of 164 coins in 276 markets, is a partner of U.S.-based exchange Bittrex and is backed by Kakao Corp., the operator of the country’s most popular chat app, Kakao Talk.

On Oct. 12, Bithumb confirmed that it was sold to a consortium led by a well-known plastic surgeon, as news.Bitcoin.com previously reported.

Another major cryptocurrency exchange that exited China and entered the South Korean market following the Chinese government’s crackdown is Huobi. The exchange launched its Korean operations in March, offering the trading of over 100 coins in over 200 markets, according to its website.

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Fidelity Launching Crypto Custody and Trading Services

October 16, 2018 |

Fidelity Launching Crypto Custody and Trading Services

Fidelity Investments has announced the launch of a new company dedicated to providing cryptocurrency services including custody and trade execution. The services will be available to institutional investors such as hedge funds, family offices, and market intermediaries.

Also read: 160 Crypto Exchanges Seek to Enter Japanese Market, Regulator Reveals

New Crypto Company Formed

Fidelity Launching Crypto Custody and Trading ServicesLeading financial services corporation Fidelity Investments announced on Monday the launch of a new company called Fidelity Digital Asset Services LLC. The firm explained:

The company will offer enterprise-quality custody and trade execution services for digital assets, commonly referred to as cryptocurrencies, to sophisticated institutional investors such as hedge funds, family offices and market intermediaries.

The services offered will be in three areas: institutional-grade custody, trade execution, and dedicated client service.

Fidelity Launching Crypto Custody and Trading ServicesThe custody service will provide “a secure, compliant, and institutional-grade omnibus storage solution for bitcoin, ether and other digital assets,” Fidelity detailed, adding that its solution consists of vaulted cold storage and an access control system the firm described as “multi-level physical and cyber.”

The trade execution service will leverage the firm’s internal crossing engine and smart order router which “will allow for execution at multiple market venues.” Lastly, its clients “will have access to a dedicated team of client service specialists, from onboarding throughout the entire relationship with the company,” the firm elaborated.

Tom Jessop, head of Fidelity Digital Asset Services, told CNBC that the firm already works with 13,000 institutional clients. He noted:

These institutions require a sophisticated level of service and security, equal to the experience they’re used to when trading stocks or bonds.

With assets under administration of $ 7.2 trillion, Fidelity says it helps more than 27 million people invest their own life savings and employs more than 40,000 associates.

Fidelity’s Crypto Efforts

Fidelity Launching Crypto Custody and Trading Services
Abigail P. Johnson.

Fidelity Investments’ chairman and CEO, Abigail P. Johnson, first revealed her firm’s crypto plans in May last year. She said at the time, “I love this stuff … and what the future holds … I’d like to think that huge new markets and products will be built on these open platforms.”

The firm began researching cryptocurrency in its blockchain incubator in 2013. It has experimented with crypto mining and has integrated with Coinbase to allow customers to see their crypto balances on the Fidelity website. In 2017, Fidelity Charitable, a public charity, received $ 69 million in crypto donations.

In Monday’s announcement, Johnson commented:

Our goal is to make digitally-native assets, such as bitcoin, more accessible to investors … We expect to continue investing and experimenting, over the long-term, with ways to make this emerging asset class easier for our clients to understand and use.

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30 Crypto ATMs Launching in India — Unocoin Unveils Solution to RBI Banking Ban

October 14, 2018 |

30 Crypto ATMs Launching in India — Unocoin Unveils Solution to RBI Banking Ban

A major crypto exchange in India, Unocoin, has officially announced the launch of its crypto ATMs. CEO Sathvik Vishwanath told news.Bitcoin.com that, initially, the company plans to deploy 30 machines in three Indian cities. “These ATMs help people to cash in and cash out which was not possible before” due to the crypto banking ban imposed by the country’s central bank.

Also read: RBI Argues Supreme Court Should Not Interfere With Its Crypto Decision

30 Crypto ATMs in 3 Cities

30 Crypto ATMs Launching in India — Unocoin Unveils Solution to RBI Banking BanUnocoin has officially announced the launch of its cryptocurrency automated teller machines (ATMs). Last week, the exchange confirmed the existence of the project after someone spotted one of the machines and posted a picture of it on social media.

Sathvik Vishwanath, Unocoin’s CEO, revealed to news.Bitcoin.com on Sunday:

The first ATM will be operational in Bangalore tomorrow…In the first phase we plan to deploy 30 machines…The first one is in Bangalore followed by Mumbai and New Delhi in the upcoming week.

30 Crypto ATMs Launching in India — Unocoin Unveils Solution to RBI Banking Ban
Unocoin’s ATM. Photo credit: Twitter.

The company explained that all customers of Unocoin and its crypto-to-crypto trading platform, Unodax, can deposit and withdraw rupees using the ATMs. “Users are subject to some limits on deposits and withdrawals per transaction and per day subject to cash handling restrictions in India,” the exchange clarified. The minimum amount for deposits and withdrawals is 1,000 rupees (~$ 13.57) and must be in multiples of 500 rupees.

Vishwanath emphasized, “All coins on Unocoin and Unodax can be bought using the money deposited through ATM machines. We presently have 30 coins that can be bought.”

Established in 2013, the Bangalore-based crypto exchange now has 120 full-time employees. The exchange claims that it has processed transactions worth more than 2 billion rupees for over 1.3 million customers.

Solution to RBI Crypto Banking Ban

30 Crypto ATMs Launching in India — Unocoin Unveils Solution to RBI Banking BanIndia’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), issued a circular in April banning financial institutions under its control from providing services to crypto businesses. The ban went into effect in July and all crypto exchanges in India subsequently lost their ability to provide rupee deposit and withdrawal services. Unocoin announced the suspension of its fiat support on July 13. The company has been looking for new mechanisms to allow its users to deposit and withdraw rupees ever since.

Vishwanath clarified to news.Bitcoin.com that “The ATMs deployed by us do not need any banking partnerships. These are stand-alone machines that can accept and dispense cash,” elaborating:

These ATMs help people to cash in and cash out which was not possible before due to RBI restriction on banks to not provide bank accounts. The gap is now completely filled by these ATMs except that physical access is required to deposit and withdraw money.

How to Deposit and Withdraw INR Using Unocoin ATMs

In its Sunday announcement, Unocoin detailed how users can deposit and withdraw rupees using its ATMs.

30 Crypto ATMs Launching in India — Unocoin Unveils Solution to RBI Banking BanTo deposit INR, a user needs to “enter his user ID and the OTP [one-time password] that he just received as SMS on his registered mobile number,” the company explained. After confirming account details and depositing funds into the machine, the user’s account will be updated and funds credited for use on both Unocoin and Unodax.

To withdraw INR, “users have to make a request by visiting Unocoin.com or through Unocoin mobile app where he would specify [the] desired amount for withdrawal.” A 12-digit reference number from Unocoin will then be sent to the user to enter into the ATM, along with the OTP sent to the user’s registered mobile number.

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