Sentbe, Hanpass, WireBarley and More Leverage RippleNet to Improve Remittances in Korea

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For the millions of remitters in South Korea, speed and cost matters—time delay in payments can interfere with covering critical expenses like emergencies, tuition payments and unexpected bills. However, for many years, the remittance market in Korea was controlled entirely by large financial institutions—leading to high foreign transfer fees and costly delays. Rule changes introduced in 2017 have now allowed non-bank companies to offer consumer remittance services. 

Seizing this opportunity, Coinone Transfer partnered with RippleNet for its retail remittance product, Cross—South Korea’s first blockchain-powered remittance mobile app offering fast, lower cost payments to nearby markets, including Thailand and Sri Lanka. Since launching in 2018, Coinone Transfer has experienced a 50% month-over-month growth rate in payment volume and was able to reduce fees by 90% compared to what banks are charging customers.

Today, almost half of Ripple’s customers on RippleNet are based in Asia-Pacific (APAC), eight total, with the recent addition of Sentbe, Hanpass and WireBarley and more in Korea revealing the significant need for improved cross-border payment services in and out of the country. SBI Ripple Asia, a joint venture between SBI Holdings and Ripple, is responsible for the growth of RippleNet in Japan and South Korea.

Not unlike Coinone Transfer, Sentbe is a money transfer service provider that uses cutting-edge technology to offer an easier, faster, and more convenient way to transfer money abroad. Sentbe focuses on the South- and Northeast Asia corridor, including The Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan and China, and saves their customers up to 95% in remittance fees over banks. 

For Hanpass, the focus is on simplifying the steps necessary for sending money in and out of Korea. The company enables its users to safely send money across borders without the hassle of creating local bank accounts in-person through a complex ...

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