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Ripple Partners with SBI Holdings to Meet Demand in ASEAN Countries

Yesterday, financial settlement services platform Ripple announced a partnership that will boost its expansion into a region where it has seen lots of local interest and growth potential.

The San Francisco-based startup has teamed up with financial conglomerate SBI Holdings to form a new company called SBI Ripple Asia.

As a part of the joint venture, SBI Holdings will launch an engineering and business development team to sell and install Ripple’s cross-border payments solutions for banks across the Asia region:

  • Japan
  • China
  • Taiwan
  • Korea
  • ASEAN countries

Australia-based Ripple APAC will continue to service Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, India and the Middle East.

Japan-based SBI, which has 5,000 employees and offices in 20 countries, is a good candidate for helping Ripple reach the new region. The company focuses on Asia’s developing countries and has established joint ventures with companies such as E-LOAN, E*TRADE, MorningStar, and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank. SBI holds stakes in 10 financial institutions across ASEAN. Ripple plans to use this network to distribute Ripple Connect, the startup’s enterprise-grade settlement solution.

Ripple’s technology is a distributed global ledger that enables banks around the world to instantly transact with each other without the need for a central bank. The startup does this using a distributed open-source payment network, creating a distributed currency exchange.RippleConnect

Ripple Connect is a module that processes real time international payments for banks. It connects the internal systems of financial institutions to the decentralized Ripple Consensus Ledger. It allows banks to exchange payment details before the payment is initiated and communicates with the network to get the lowest currency quote.


If you’ve ever chatted with Ripple CEO and co-founder Chris Larsen, it wasn’t without hearing him mention the Internet of Value (IOV), an internet for money that allows the free and instant exchange of anything of value. As Larsen once explained to me, it makes a P2P money transfer as easy as emailing a link to an article.

Larsen uses this concept when he commented on the SBI partnership, “Interbank payments establish the foundation of the Internet of Value. SBI is the perfect partner to help forge that foundation and then extend Ripple’s capabilities to new use-cases in the future.”

In what Larsen describes as the “kicker” of this deal, Ripple and SBI are exploring ways to list XRP through SBI’s various online brokerage properties.

Larsen launched the Ripple Network at FinovateSpring 2013 under the name OpenCoin. Since its debut, the company now claims: