Coinbase is now offering consumers in Singapore the ability to buy and sell bitcoin using Singapore dollars, a move that marks its formal introduction to the Asian market.
Coinbase suggested the announcement is reflective of what it called a welcoming environment for bitcoin in Singapore as well as the region's strong interest in the technology.
In statements, the company sought to further describe Singapore as a market where bitcoin had "already gained traction" among users including consumers, developers and traders.
David Farmer, international expansion lead at Coinbase, said:
The news comes amid increasing signs that the industry is taking hold in the city-state, with the Monetary Authority of Singapore recently announcing it would invest in a blockchain initiative as part of a wider investment in financial technology.
The company did not comment as to whether its Singapore operations could allow it to expand to other Asian markets or how it would augment the service to appeal to a new demographic of users.
However, Coinbase is not without local competition in the market, as Singapore ranks 11th among global nations when it comes to investment in industry startups.
According to CoinDesk's Q2 State of Bitcoin report, $3.4m has so far been invested in startups in Singapore, with notable companies including CoinHako and Tembusu.
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