Bantotal, a banking service based in Uruguay with over 60 banking clients, has recently started a partnership with Bitex, a crypto exchange. With this partnership, the bank will help banking institutions to make cross-border payments using the Bitcoin network.
According to Bitex’s CMO Manuel Beaudroit, the integration will be a major step for banking in the region and will help to connect these institutions in a way that is more efficient than traditional methods such as SWIFT.
With this new tech, the banks will be able to access Bitex’s API and transmit money quickly to banks in the region. According to the company, these payments are five times cheaper and much faster than other methods. Before now, payments can take up to 96 hours, Bitex cuts that time in more than half.
Bitex is basically the middleman of the transactions. The banks route the payments via the company and do not have to worry about most of the specifics. This can also be interesting for banking companies because they no longer need to acquire foreign fiat currency. They can just use Bitcoin instead.
This initiative is seen by local investors as a great way to expose the market to the benefits of the blockchain. While Europe, the U. S. and Asia are already using the technology extensively, some countries are still behind the times and this solution can help to modernize their business model.
According to Santiago Siri, an expert in digital governance who works as an advisor to Bitex, using Bitcoin to be connected internationally is still not something common in Latin America, but with initiatives such as this one, it may well be in the future.