In 2018, RippleNet has dramatically expanded its reach and network. This year we’ve seen massive customer growth quarter over quarter, signing an average of two production customers per week. RippleNet has also become a truly global network, powering faster, cheaper and more transparent cross-border payments to over 40 countries and six continents. Today, RippleNet takes another step forward to change the way money moves.
RippleNet is now providing on-demand liquidity to financial institutions for cross-border payments using the digital asset XRP. xRapid, the Ripple product powering these transactions, is commercially available and moving into production with multiple customers, including MercuryFX, Cuallix and Catalyst Corporate Federal Credit Union.
xRapid eliminates the need for a pre-funded nostro account when executing a cross-border payment. It sources liquidity from XRP on exchanges around the world. As a result, cross-border transactions occur in minutes and at a lower cost compared to traditional methods, which take days and incur high foreign exchange fees.
Payment providers MercuryFX and Cuallix both participated in the pilot phase of xRapid earlier this year and saw immediate results in speed and cost savings. MercuryFX will deploy xRapid in the Europe to Mexico corridor.
Cuallix currently focuses on the key remittance corridor from the U.S. to Mexico. Cuallix will use its financial services platforms Payllix and Cuallet, to provide a better customer experience for individuals and families sending money home.
Lastly, Catalyst Corporate Federal Credit Union, a wholesale cooperative financial institution that serves more than 1,400 member and client credit unions throughout the United States, will use xRapid on behalf of their members to create a new cross-border payment service.
Here is what all three customers had to say about xRapid:
- “MercuryFX has been working closely with Ripple for more than a year to bring the power of RippleNet to our customers. In pilot tests we saw the benefits of xRapid, and we’re excited to roll commercial payments out within the quarter. The time to replace slow, expensive payments architecture is now because the need for global access to smooth-flowing capital has never been so acute.” – Alastair Constance, CEO and founder of MercuryFX.
- “The promise of digital assets has always been faster, more efficient payments. That’s why we started exploring xRapid for our financial services platforms Payllix and Cuallet — to help our customers whose livelihoods depend on sending micro-payments easily and quickly to Mexico. Now, our customers can finally realize that promise,” – Nicolas Palacios, CFO of Cuallix.
- “The traditional international wire experience fails to meet today’s expectations from a price, speed and ease-of-use perspective. Blockchain technology, and specifically Ripple’s xRapid product, resolves all three of these challenges simultaneously. Catalyst Corporate, through our subsidiary companies’ technology platforms, will leverage the XRP digital asset to transfer money across borders instantly on behalf of our 1400+ member credit unions. We have signed a production contract and are currently building out our plan.” – Brad Ganey, senior vice president and COO, Catalyst Corporate Federal Credit Union.