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Cointext Rolls Out Mobile BCH Services in Bangladesh, Now Services 38 Countries

Cointext has launched internet-free mobile BCH wallet services to users in Bangladesh. The announcement comes following the recent rollout of Cointext’s services in many new regions, bringing the total number of countries now able to access the company’s services to 38. Also Read: How to Spend and Give Bitcoin Cash Over the Holidays Cointext Launches BCH Services in Bangladesh Cointext, a BCH wallet provider that enables users to conduct bitcoin cash transfers without internet through text message, has announced the launch of its services for Bangladeshi citizens. A press release published by Cointext cites GSMA’s findings that Bangladesh had only 21 percent mobile phone penetration and a meager smartphone penetration of just 5.4 percent at the of end 2017. According to GSMA, Bangladeshi mobile phone adoption is expected to roughly double by 2025. Cointext founder and chief technology officer Vin Armani described Bangladesh as comprising “the ideal country” for his company, stating: “Very few people have smartphones or cellular data in Bangladesh. Cointext enables basic feature phones to access international currencies like bitcoin using SMS.” Following the introduction of services to consumers in Ukraine, Italy, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic earlier this month, Cointext now services 38 nations, including those located in Latin America, Europe, Oceana, Asia, and North America. Crypto and DLT Gradually See Greater Adoption Throughout Bangladesh Since reports emerged in 2014 asserting that Bangladesh had prohibited the use of bitcoin, Bangladesh appears to have softened its stance regarding cryptocurrency, with the country’s central bank issuing a “Cautionary Notice” during December 2017. Earlier this month, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) announced that Bangladeshi start-up W3 Engineers will be among the first distributed ledger technology (DLT) companies based in emerging markets to receive investment from its Innovation Fund. W3 Engineers is one of six emerging DLT companies that UNICEF has announced will each receive $100,000 in funding. According to data recently published by Mineable, Bangladesh is among the cheapest countries in which to mine cryptocurrency, with a single BTC estimated to cost $2,379 to mine. Do you think that bitcoin adoption will continue to increase in Bangladesh? Share your thoughts in the comments section below! Images courtesy of Shutterstock At Bitcoin.com there’s a bunch of free helpful services. For instance, have you seen our Tools page? You can even lookup the exchange rate for a transaction in the past. Or calculate the value of your current holdings. Or create a paper wallet. And much more. The post Cointext Rolls Out Mobile BCH Services in Bangladesh, Now Services 38 Countries appeared first on Bitcoin News.
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CoinText SMS Cryptocurrency Wallet Adds Support in Bangladesh Where Over 90% Don't Have Smartphones

NASHUA, N.H., Dec. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Today, CoinText.io, a cryptocurrency wallet to transact without Internet using text messages, launched its Bitcoin Cash (BCH) wallet in Bangladesh (167M population). "Bangladesh is the ideal country for CoinText," explains CoinText founder and CTO Vin Armani. "Very few people have smartphones or cellular data in Bangladesh. CoinText enables basic feature phones to access international currencies like bitcoin using SMS." At the end of 2017, Bangladesh only had 21% mobile phone penetration, according to a recent GSMA report (1). And another industry survey published on Wikipedia (2), revealed only 5.4% smartphone penetration in Bangladesh. Yet mobile adoption is expanding rapidly there. GSMA estimates that Bangladesh will reach 40% mobile phone penetration by 2025. "CoinText allows anyone with a mobile phone and cell signal ...Full story available on Benzinga.com
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Student Uprising In Bangladesh Faces a Shutdown of the Internet

On a sunny summer Sunday, this July 29th, two busses were racing each other to the next bus stop. Their aim was to be the first to pick up all... The post Student Uprising In Bangladesh Faces a Shutdown of the Internet appeared first on Trustnodes.
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Bakkt Official Launch Date, Ethereum Upgrade, Coinbase Bank & Is Everyone Ready?

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Here’s Why Bakkt Launch Is a Blessing For Bitcoin Holders

Yesterday’s big announcement that regulatory approval has been granted to Bakkt could be the best news bitcoin investors have had this year. It opens the door to the institutional investors and is a huge step forward for crypto industry legitimization in the US. Bakkt To Launch Next Month After months of procrastination, the new cryptocurrency trading platform launched by the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) has finally been given the green light. The news that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the New York State Department of Financial Services, has granted regulatory approval broke late yesterday as reported by Bitcoinist. The concept of physically delivered bitcoin futures will require investors to either produce actual BTC or take delivery in them from their respective exchanges and platforms. Crypto trader at TexasWest Capital, Scott Melker, who also goes by the twitter handle ‘Wolf of All Streets’ stated the news was ‘arguably the most bullish event for institutional investors in the history of bitcoin’. The @Bakkt news is arguably the most bullish event for institutional investors in the history of bitcoin. PHYSICALLY delivered futures (require the holder to either produce actual bitcoin or take delivery from the exchange) backed by the New York Stock Exchange. We are maturing. — The Wolf Of All Streets (@scottmelker) August 16, 2019 Being backed by the New York Stock Exchange has granted bitcoin a level of legitimization never seen before. Investors will get the opportunity to trade in daily and monthly physical bitcoin futures contracts which is likely to lead to greater mainstream adoption. Bakkt is also planning to onboard a number of commercial retailers such as Starbucks which will provide an easier way for people to make purchases using bitcoin and other crypto assets. General Counsel for Compound Finance, Jake Chervinsky, was equally bullish on the Bakkt news stating that: “It offers a way for large, risk-averse institutions to buy and custody bitcoin through an end-to-end regulated system approved by the CFTC and NYDFS, and backed by the sterling reputation of ICE. Compliance lawyers rejoice!” The former litigator also noted that there is still a long way to go since there is still the SEC to contend with. When questioned on the possibility of big investors trying to short bitcoin he added; “Short sellers betting against a commodity probably don’t want to hold the underlying, so shorting via physically-delivered futures is more for entities that are net long (like miners) and want to hedge.” Fintech Business Analyst going by the twitter handle ‘Mr. Gordon’ was equally bullish on Bakkt; “This must be what it feels like to win the lottery!  The confirmation of the launch of #Bakkt changes EVERYTHING… Those of us who have been investing in crytpo for the last couple of years now have some very serious decisions to make…” This must be what it feels like to win the lottery! The confirmation of the launch of #Bakkt changes EVERYTHING.. Those of us who have been investing in crytpo for the last couple of years now have some very serious decisions to make….. Like which colour to get pic.twitter.com/Klo5GwOWY7 — Mr Gordon (@MrGordon_UK) August 16, 2019 Picking a Lambo color is probably a little presumptuous at the moment. Bitcoin price did not even react to the announcement as markets remain choppy this morning. BTC is still consolidating in the mid-$10k range after two dips into four-figure territory late in the week but the long term prospects have just brightened significantly. Will Bakkt send Bitcoin price to a new all-time high later this year? Add your thoughts below. Images via Bitcoinist Image Library, Twitter: @scottmelker, @MrGordon_UK The post Here’s Why Bakkt Launch Is a Blessing For Bitcoin Holders appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.
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Bakkt launch bears good news for Bitcoin’s price and regulation

One of the biggest news last year was the announcement made by the New York Stock Exchange’s parent company, Intercontinental Exchange. In August 2018, The firm announced that it would be venturing into the cryptocurrency space with the launch of a new company – Bakkt. This turned out to be an extremely bullish news in […] The post Bakkt launch bears good news for Bitcoin’s price and regulation appeared first on AMBCrypto.
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Bakkt’s Gets Nod for Physically Delivered Bitcoin Futures Approved from CFTC

The Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has greenlighted the physically delivered Bitcoin futures product by Bakkt. Company CEO confirmed the news and said that the derivatives product would debut on September 23. Bakkt will be the first to debut physical BTC futures Kelly Loeffler, CEO of Bakkt recently announced that the startup had won approval from the US CFTC to start offering physically settled Bitcoin futures contracts. Bakkt is backed Intercontinental Exchange, and Loeffler is married to Jeff Sprecher, the CEO of ICE. With this approval, Bakkt will become the first company to launch the physical BTC futures. The products will debut on the market on September 23, and all contracts will be cleared by ICE Clear US, the same service that clears trades for NYSE. Loeffler gave a lengthy statement on the product suggest that Bakkt’s product received CFTC approval after a self-certification process. They have also started user acceptance testing. The Bitcoins backing the futures contracts will be under the custody of Bakkt Warehouse. Bakkt Trust Company, a qualified custodian, has also received approval from the New York State Department of Finance Services. She said, “This offers customers unprecedented regulatory clarity and security alongside a regulated, globally accessible exchange in a market underserved by institutional-grade infrastructure.” Bakkt wins the race The ICE-backed startup is not the only company eyeing the lucrative physically-settled Bitcoin futures sector. Numerous other companies like LedgerX are planning to bring the same opportunity to the market. LedgerX could have become the first company to launch these products as it received approval for offering futures, options and swaps settled in Bitcoin by the CFTC. However, the regulator says that the company lacks adequate approvals for launching the physical futures product. Meanwhile, Bakkt has decided to offer two types of futures contracts- daily and monthly. The collection of variation margin and initial margin collateral will be done by ICE Clear US. Product testing began last month to ensure that there are no hiccups when it eventually launches for the buyers. The qualified custodian of Bakkt will help in addressing concerns of the regulator related to manipulation and theft. Note that the company acquired Digital Asset Custody Company (DACC) earlier this year to win the New York regulator’s approval to become a qualified custodian. The company has also decided to pay $35 million for hedging against risks. Loeffler says that doing so will help bring safety for market participants and bring more integrity to this sector. The post Bakkt’s Gets Nod for Physically Delivered Bitcoin Futures Approved from CFTC appeared first on FXTimes.com - Daily Cryptocurrency and FX News.
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