Indian Cryptocurrency Exchanges See Rapid Growth in P2P Trading

Indian Cryptocurrency Exchanges See Rapid Growth in P2P Trading

Exchanges

Trading volumes on exchange-escrowed peer-to-peer (P2P) cryptocurrency trading platforms in India are rising rapidly amid the banking ban by the country’s central bank. “Indians are warming up to P2P in amazing ways,” the CEO of a local crypto exchange told news.Bitcoin.com. Several other exchanges competing in the same space are seeing similar responses from their users.

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P2P Trading Volumes Growing Rapidly

Indian cryptocurrency exchanges that offer P2P services are experiencing rapid growth in trading volumes despite the cryptocurrency banking ban by the country’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

Indian Cryptocurrency Exchanges See Rapid Growth in P2P TradingThe CEO of Indian crypto exchange Wazirx, Nischal Shetty, told news.Bitcoin.com that “In a bear market with no banking, Indians are warming up to P2P in amazing ways.” Wazirx launched its exchange-escrowed P2P service on July 10, a week before the RBI ban took effect.

Indian Cryptocurrency Exchanges See Rapid Growth in P2P TradingIndia’s central bank has banned financial institutions from providing services to crypto businesses. As the country’s supreme court continues to postpone hearing the petitions against the ban, a growing number of Indian exchanges have implemented their own solutions to the banking problem such as using P2P trading and launching cryptocurrency ATMs.

Shetty shared with news.Bitcoin.com:

P2P is working great for Wazirx. It’s helping us increase our daily trading volumes as well. In fact a few days ago we hit 100 BTC in daily trading volume for the first time … we’ve crossed over $5M in P2P in the 3 months since we’ve gone live.

The exchange revealed at the end of September that its trading volumes had grown 35 percent in the past few months, consistently reaching 50 BTC in daily trading volumes during the month.

Some More P2P Offerings

Indian Cryptocurrency Exchanges See Rapid Growth in P2P TradingThe exchange-escrowed P2P option has become a popular way for traders in India to cash out their coins. Recently, crypto exchange Instashift conducted a survey of its users and found that the majority of 50 respondents prefer to cash out their cryptocurrencies using P2P services. Instashift offers the trading of over 80 cryptocurrencies. With a community of over 900 members using its P2P platform, the exchange told news.Bitcoin.com, “We are clocking approximately around 2-5 million INR [$27,194 – $67,985] per week in India & our volumes are looking promising in Canada & Nigeria as well.”

Indian Cryptocurrency Exchanges See Rapid Growth in P2P TradingCoindcx also allows its users to convert over 80 cryptocurrencies into the Indian rupee. Its P2P platform Dcxinsta allows users to buy cryptocurrencies “instantly with INR … in less than 60 seconds,” according to the exchange’s website. On Thursday, Coindcx announced that “INR open order book” is now live on the exchange so users can now “place limit orders for trading in INR and see a complete order book using their existing INR wallets.”

The CEO of Coindcx, Sumit Gupta, explained to news.Bitcoin.com that the “Minimum buy or sell amount for any user is Rs 10. (approx. 15 cents)” on his exchange, emphasizing that “every Indian can now invest in crypto.” He further revealed that on his P2P platform:

We’re getting a phenomenal response from users with average no. of orders being more than 10 per Dcxinsta user.

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$50 Million Bitcoin Mining Farm Opens in Armenia

$50 Million Bitcoin Mining Farm Opens in Armenia

Mining

A new cryptocurrency mining facility opened in Armenia on Oct. 18. The $50 million farm will extract bitcoin and ethereum using 3,000 machines, according to local media reports. Around 120,000 more miners are to be added in the months to come.

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Multi Group and Omnia Establish Landmark Armenian Mining Facility

The mining project, spearheaded by Armenian real estate investment company Multi Group Concern and Malta-registered Omnia Tech International Company, was officially launched in the Armenian capital of Yerevan on Thursday. The country’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, businessmen and entrepreneurs from China, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates attended the ceremony, Arka News Agency reported.

$50 Million Bitcoin Mining Farm Opened in ArmeniaGagik Tsarukyan, an Armenian businessman and politician who is also founder and head of Multi Group, said the company spent $50 million creating the facility, including the installation of industrial level cooling systems. The farm’s first floor is designed for an information technology business center that runs around the clock, he explained.

According to an earlier statement by Multi Group chief executive Sedrak Arustamyan, the farm will be operated by Omnia Tech, a mining entity that offers lifetime contracts and daily payouts. Omnia Tech has said to be in partnership with Genesis Mining, a leading cryptocurrency hashpower supplier.

“We will also help Omnia Tech with the establishment of the Financial Technology Park and the data exchange center in Armenia,” Arustamyan said in April. Robert Velghe, Omnia Tech founder, indicated at the time that the two companies were planning to invest more than $2 billion in mining projects in Armenia. “We intend to create here a blockchain-based center for the development of new information projects, which will turn Armenia into a high-tech platform,” he said.

 Global Cryptocurrency Mining Operations Rise

$50 Million Bitcoin Mining Farm Opened in ArmeniaArmenia is aiming to create its own Silicon Valley by establishing a free economic zone that will host a state-of-the-art technology center, officials have said. The new mining facility, the country’s first, comes at a time when a number of countries are implementing and expanding blockchain technologies. Georgia, Armenia’s neighbor, set up its first bitcoin mining farm two years ago.

In August, Russian company Kriptoyunivers announced it had transformed a former fertilizer laboratory into a cryptocurrency mining operation. The center, which supports the mining of bitcoin and litecoin, was built over 4,000 square meters of land in the town of Kirshi near St. Petersburg, with an investment of 500 million rubles ($7.4 million). Although Moscow has cracked the whip on illegal attempts at cryptocurrency mining, Russia is still the third largest cryptocurrency producer in the world after China and the United States.

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Only 39 Percent Pass Malta’s Cryptocurrency Exam for Financial Services Practitioners

Only 39 Percent Pass Malta’s Cryptocurrency Exam for Financial Services Practitioners

Regulation

The pass rate for the exam developed by the Maltese government for financial services practitioners seeking to obtain cryptocurrency agent certification is reportedly only 39 percent. The exam is part of the requirements mandated by the country’s newly established Virtual Financial Assets Act.

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Low Pass Rate

Only 39 Percent Pass Malta’s Cryptocurrency Exam for Financial Services PractitionersUnder Malta’s Virtual Financial Assets (VFA) Act, practitioners who wish to act as agents in the field that includes cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs) must successfully complete a short training course and pass an exam.

Noting that the first exam took place in September, the Times of Malta reported on Thursday:

Nearly two-thirds of those applying for cryptocurrency agent certification failed the official assessment process despite last-second changes intended to boost the pass rate.

Only 39 Percent Pass Malta’s Cryptocurrency Exam for Financial Services PractitionersThe exam was set by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) and administered by the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners.

The news outlet quoted sources revealing that about 250 lawyers, accountants, and auditors took the exam, which consisted of a series of multiple choice questions. “Once the exam papers were graded, it became clear the pass rate was extremely low,” the publication conveyed, adding that “Even after the changes the pass rate was just 39 percent.”

License Required

According to the MFSA’s consultation document for VFA service providers, “any person who is providing a VFA service … shall within twelve months apply for a license with the competent authority in terms of Article 14 to the Act,” the CBS Group described.

Only 39 Percent Pass Malta’s Cryptocurrency Exam for Financial Services PractitionersThe MFSA wrote, “It has also become evident that certain industry players are not sufficiently prepared to register as VFA agents.” The regulator, therefore, proposes a number of additional rules for them to comply. They include increasing the initial and ongoing capital requirements as well as regulatory fees. In addition, the MFSA proposes “introducing a rigorous competence assessment” and “a mandatory requirement for Continuous Professional Education.”

The Times of Malta elaborated, “The VFA Act is one of three new laws forming part of the government’s ‘Blockchain Island’ strategy and which seek to regulate the blockchain and cryptocurrency sector,” adding that “It will enter into force in November.” Other than trading cryptocurrencies and issuing ICOs, the publication explained:

Companies looking to provide other virtual financial asset services, such as portfolio management or investment advice, also need an agent to apply for a licence.

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