Tech giant IBM has introduced Blockchain World Wire (BWW), a cross-border payment system designed to eliminate banking intermediaries, cut costs and lower transaction times for traditional international payments.
According to IBM’s announcement about World Wire, “the new financial rail” can simultaneously clear and settle cross-border payments in near real-time.
World Wire uses the Stellar protocol and an intermediary cryptocurrency, such as the Stronghold USD stablecoin, to enable financial institutions to clear and settle cross-border payments in seconds.
“The solution uses digital assets to settle transactions – serving as an agreed-upon store of value exchanged between parties – as well as integrating payment instruction messages. It all means funds can now be transferred at a fraction of the cost and time of traditional correspondent banking.”
McKinsey & Company reports that the payments market is expected to reach $2 trillion by 2020.
BWW offers a list of rich features.
An increasing number of blockchain solutions are facilitating the interoperability of different blockchains and different fiat currencies. This is one of the key ways in which cryptocurrencies can be used to create a web that transfers value among businesses and between entities across the globe.
IBM also notes that it provides alternative methods for customers who prefer not to use digital currencies.