Ripple Labs has partnered with global payments company Earthport, providing new channels for enterprise access to Ripple’s open-source transaction protocol.
specializes in cross-border payments, maintaining one of the largest open networks of its kind. The company’s payments hub features local clearing institutions and payments companies from 60 countries around the world. Additionally, Earthport works with major banking partners like Bank of America, Barclays and BBVA.
The partnership provides Ripple with access to a broader pool of potential customers, all of whom are required to comply with existing anti-money laundering and know-your-customer (AML/KYC) requirements in their respective jurisdictions. According to Ripple Labs, the partnership is another step in its continued focus on enterprise-level clients, especially those in the banking industry.
Earthport CEO Hank Uberoi said that at its heart, protocols like Ripple’s enable what he called “real time communication between the sender and the receiving party.” Uberoi went on to say that his company found Ripple compelling because of its potential to solve chronic issues in cross-border transaction channels that see high volumes.
He told CoinDesk:
Ripple Labs CEO Chris Larsen called the partnership “a watershed moment” for the company, adding that the move is crucial in its continuing bid for the banking industry to embrace distributed ledger systems.
Inroads into bank network
By connecting to Earthport’s cross-border payments hub, Ripple Labs gains access to a global network of compliant financial organizations.
Larsen said that the move gives institutions the ability to utilize the Ripple protocol through a fully compliant entry point, explaining:
“It really accelerates the growth of the protocol and the network,” he continued.
Adoption over the long-term
Because “banks move slowly,” according to Uberosi, the Earthport CEO sees adoption happening in stages, with institutions approaching technologies like the Ripple protocol based on the practical benefits to their operations.
Uberoi said that the joint work between the Ripple team and Earthport will make it easier for banks and payments companies, because the steps required to do so – particularly in the areas of compliance and access – will be a lesser-risk endeavour.
Uberoi told CoinDesk:
“It will take a little bit of time,” he added.
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