• Banco Santander collaborates with Ripple to create speedy cross-border payments.
  • One Pay FX has extended to 19 countries including the U.S., Chile, and Portugal among others.
  • Collaboration “could make transactions faster, cheaper and more transparent” using blockchain.

Santander has expanded its One Pay FX app, the transformative cross-border payments solution, to 19 countries in a partnership with Ripple.

Spanish multinational commercial bank Banco Santander has partnered with Ripple to facilitate speedy and transparent cross-border transactions. The Ripple-based international payment platform One Pay FX app, backed by Santander, has undergone massive expansion.

Ripple Collaboration

Santander has now added 19 countries including the U.S., Chile, and Portugal, for its cross-border payment app. This was initially only available in the United Kingdom, Spain, Poland, and Brazil.

With the expansion, the One Pay FX app can handle “half of the bank’s annual international transfers,” said Ana Botín, executive chairman of the financial institution. This should rise as the service rolls out to more territories and customers, Ana added.

One Pay FX’s CTO Ed Metzger further explains:

“We’re looking to expand One Pay FX to new territories and customer segments so more people can benefit from faster, cheaper and more transparent international payments,”

Focusing on Customer Feedback

According to Metzger, the solution is a result of customers’ feedback asking for a better international payment process. “Customers told us that they never knew how much money was going to get to their recipient because it was never clear what the exchange rate would be or what fees would be charged,” he said.

With the lack of clarity and transparency in the traditional process, Santander wanted more efficient, speedy, and cheaper solutions.

“So we partnered with Ripple to explore how blockchain could make transactions faster, cheaper, and more transparent,” Metzger stated. “Being part of RippleNet has helped us to forge sustainable and scalable relationships with other financial institutions around the world.”

Sujha Sundararajan

Sujha reports on cryptocurrencies, blockchain developments and markets, operating from the South East Asia timezone. Her work has appeared in CoinDesk, CCN, EconoTimes and Venture Capital Post. She does not currently hold value in any digital currencies. sujhasundar@gmail.com

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