UPDATED | October 23, 2018:
On October 22, blockchain security startup Sepior ApS announced a collaboration with SBI Group to develop a "proprietary wallet to secure the on-line contents and transactions on SBI's Virtual Currencies exchange platform, VCTRADE."
According to the press release, SBI will be using Sepior's threshold-sig wallet security technology to serve as the foundation of the new digital wallet. Sepior's approach allows separate parties involved in the same transaction to quickly verify transactions. SBI likely sees this as a way for VCTRADE to adhere to investor safety regulations.
Additionally, Sepior's key protection method reportedly "eliminates the need for any device or entity to possess the entire private key at any time," which reduces the possibility of hackers stealing keys and gaining access to an investor's digital wallet.
A timeline for the release of the wallet has not been given.
ORIGINAL | June 4, 2018:
Japanese bank SBI has announced it is launching a cryptocurrency trading platform called VCTRADE, becoming the first Japanese bank to create a cryptocurrency exchange. Accounts have already been created for a select group of traders (brokers with 20,000 or more customers), while general account applications will begin in July.
Plans to create VCTRADE have been known at least since October 2016. In a press release, SBI announced the creation of a subsidiary called SBI Virtual Currencies, which was meant to provide "virtual currency exchange and transaction services."
Though the new project would make SBI the first Japanese bank to establish a cryptocurrency exchange, it is not the first cryptocurrency-related project the company has embarked upon. SBI is a member of the Japan Blockchain Association, and has repeatedly collaborated on blockchain and cryptocurrency projects.
In September 2017, SBI announced a partnership with CoVenture intended "to provide opportunities for new value assets to meet the diverse needs of investors, and to develop new financial ecosystems related to virtual currencies." A month later, in partnership with Morningstar, SBI created a virtual currency rating agency.
However, SBI's closest blockchain collaborator is Ripple. Together the two companies created SBI Ripple Asia with the stated goal of creating "next generation settlement infrastructure." In January 2016, SBI and Ripple announced the joint creation of a payment platform.
In light of this ongoing collaboration, it is worth noting the only currency that will be available on the exchange initially will be XRP (the currency of Ripple). SBI claims bitcoin and bitcoin cash will become available at a later, unspecified date.
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