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Blockchain Will Hardly Change Payment Industry, Mastercard Europe President Says, Forgetting About Ripple

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 11:40
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Yuri Molchan
Despite payment behemoth Mastercard experimenting with DLT, the president of its European division doubts DLT will transform the industry
Blockchain Will Hardly Change Payment Industry, Mastercard Europe President Says, Forgetting About Ripple
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As reported by Forklog, the Mastercard Europe President, Mark Barnett, has recently stated that he doubts that blockchain technology will be able to bring any major transformation to the payment industry.

Mastercard Europe President doubts blockchain is a rival

The payment behemoth has been experimenting with DLT and is creating a platform for DLT-based payments along with the R3 DLT company. However, Mr. Barnett stated that it would be difficult to say that Mastercard has been ‘working with blockchain’.

The sector that DLT is most likely to become part of, according to him, is personality identification but not transnational payments.

Forgetting about Ripple

Over the past few years, the blockchain giant Ripple, which focuses on faster and cheaper payments for banks and remittances, has achieved several major milestones and landed more than 350 customers.

Ripple already has several payment corridors running on its product ODL (On-Demand Liquidity), which runs in Europe, Mexico, Australia, and a few other countries. This year, Ripple intends on setting up a few more ODL channels that will use its XRP coin.

The flagship cryptocurrency, Bitcoin (based on blockchain like all other cryptos), also allows its users to send money across the world quickly and cheaply, especially when it comes to massive amounts of cash.

Visa dipping its toes in blockchain

Recently, U.Today reported that another global payment heavyweight, Visa, has also been moving in the direction of blockchain-based payments.

Visa has been toying with the blockchain and crypto sectors, in particular, recently, seeking IT engineers who have experience working with blockchain payment projects and in financial markets, trading and payment processing.

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Binance partners with Visa to allow direct crypto purchases

A short while ago, leading global crypto trading platform Binance expanded its service that allows for direct purchases of cryptocurrencies using Visa cards: Bitcoin, BNB, Ethereum, XRP, BUSD and USDT.

In some countries, however, like Australia, North Korea, Iran and Iraq, traders and investors cannot access this mechanism yet.

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Yuri is a crypto journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future in many of its aspects. ‘Hodls’ major cryptocurrencies and has written for multiple crypto media outlets. 

His articles have been quoted by such crypto influencers as Tyler Winklevoss, John McAfee, CZ Binance, Max Keiser, etc.

Currently Yuri is a news writer at U.Today and can be contacted at