31 Aug '15, 6pm

African Remittance Firm Beam Stops Bitcoin Service in Pivot

African Remittance Firm Beam Stops Bitcoin Service in Pivot

Beam has announced it will no longer focus on using bitcoin in an attempt to disrupt the Ghanaian remittance market. Launched last October , Beam emerged as one of a number of "rebittance " firms seeking to use the bitcoin blockchain as a means to enable low-cost cross-border payment services. Beam had sought to appeal to local remittance users with a variety of payout options, allowing bitcoin received by its users to be applied to mobile phone airtime and utility bills, and by using charitable donations as a way to promote its efforts. In a new interview, however, Beam CTO Falk Benke told Disrupt Africa that a revamped version of the service will not use bitcoin, saying instead that it would focus on international debit and credit cards. The media outlet indicated that Benke cited the lack of local bitcoin adoption, the high cost of exchanging bitcoin for Ghanaian cedi a...

Full article: http://www.coindesk.com/african-remittance-beam-drops-bit...

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