Bitcoin Remittance Struggling to Deliver?

A new Citi report challenges the widely held view that Bitcoin delivers simpler and cheaper international remittances.  This new blog post reviews some of the findings of the Citi team and highlights where blockchain does have the potential to disrupt the cross border payments market. While the Citi analysis highlights some key Bitcoin remittance limitations, notably with regard to the relative cost of transactions,  it should not be assumed that these apply to all blockchain or distributed ledger based solutions – or markets.  Read more    ...

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PSD2 Draft Regulatory Technical Standards – Why all Payment Stakeholders Need to Act

The European Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2) which came into force in January 2016 and will apply from January2018 will bring significant changes and opportunities to the payments and banking sectors in Europe and beyond.  FirstPartner has collaborated on a joint blog post, published by The Human Chain, which summarises why all those in the payments ecosystem should participate in the current European Banking Authority (EBA). Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) consultation that will be fundamental to the successful delivery of PSD2. The objective of PSD2 is to make it easier, cheaper, faster and more secure for consumers to pay for goods and services across the single m...

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Mobile World Congress 2017: 5G, IoT & the World's First AI Toothbrush

FirstPartner was at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona reviewing the latest developments from the Telco world - and much else as well. Check out the full report on our blog.  We give an off-beat summary of some of the more interesting products and technologies on display in a show that heaviliy featured not just 5G and IoT hype but also robots, AI and more VR than you could shake a motion sensor controller at. We also used the opportunity to get feedback from preview versions of our upcoming IoT and Distributed Ledger Market Maps.  We will be publishing these Maps in the near future – let us know if you would like to know more.   We and our partner c...

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