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Ripple Reports Positive Results From xRapid Pilots

Financial institutions saw cost savings and increased speed when using XRP for on-demand liquidity

San Francisco — Ripple, provider of leading enterprise blockchain solutions for payments, announced aggregated and averaged results from several early xRapid pilots. xRapid, Ripple’s on-demand liquidity solution, uses the digital asset XRP for more efficient cross-border transactions between financial institutions sending fiat payments.

According to the pilot results, participating financial institutions saw a savings of 40-70 percent compared to what they normally pay expensive foreign exchange providers.

In addition, an average xRapid payment took just over two minutes, compared to today’s average of 2-3 days when sending cross-border payments. The leg of the transfer that touches the XRP Ledger only takes 2-3 seconds with the additional processing time happening while the transfer moves across the intermediary digital asset exchanges and local payment rails.

“It’s encouraging to see positive xRapid results because they validate what many in our industry already know: certain digital assets have utility,” said Asheesh Birla, SVP of Product at Ripple. “XRP’s utility lies in its speed and scalability, which makes it the perfect fit for cross-border payments. The XRP Ledger can send 1,500 transactions per second.”

The financial institutions included in these pilots were testing payments from the U.S. to Mexico. This is a popular and competitive market, so payment providers are looking to gain a competitive advantage by lowering costs and speeding up payments with xRapid. Up until now, they have been required to either pre-fund bank accounts in Mexico - leading to tied-up capital - or go through the correspondent banking network, which is expensive and slow.

“We were very pleased with our pilot results. It’s clear that xRapid can lower liquidity costs while increasing payment speed and transparency in a way that facilitates rigorous compliance controls. We believe that digital assets like XRP will play a key role in the future of cross-border payments, helping to safely address some of the structural inefficiencies of legacy settlement infrastructure as their adoption grows. We look forward to exploring next steps with Ripple.” - Paul Dwyer, Co-founder and CEO, Viamericas.

"Mercury is delighted with the incredible speed and cost-efficiency of the xRapid pilot phase and is excited about a production rollout in the near future,” said Alastair Constance, Founder of Mercury FX. “To date, the Ripple collaboration has been a great success.”

For a more detailed explanation on how xRapid works, please see part three of our recent blog series outlining Ripple’s vision and product strategy.

About Ripple

Ripple provides one frictionless experience to send money globally using the power of blockchain. By joining Ripple’s growing, global network, financial institutions can process their customers’ payments anywhere in the world instantly, reliably and cost-effectively. Banks and payment providers can use the digital asset XRP to further reduce their costs and access new markets. With offices in San Francisco, New York, London, Luxembourg, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney, Ripple has more than 100 customers around the world.