Western Union: 'Too Early' to Discuss Ripple Labs Pilot Project
Global payments giant Western Union is keeping quiet about its rumored plans to tap distributed ledger technology.
Western Union has formally responded to statements suggesting it is taking concrete steps toward using distributed ledger technologies via a partnership with Ripple Labs.
Long cited as a technology that could enable more cost-effective cross-border payments, Western Union has, as commentators have noted, what is perhaps one of the more evident vested interests in exploring digital currency offerings.
Still, representatives for the Colorado-based company remain tight-lipped about what the proposed project with Ripple Labs would entail.
A spokesperson told CoinDesk:
The revelation suggests Western Union may be looking to use a system like Ripple to move fiat payments between customers in a similar manner as Align Commerce, which uses the bitcoin blockchain as means to remit payment across borders where it is exchanged locally.
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