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The battle in crypto-land seems to be narrowing toward one where, in one corner, so to speak, are the bitcoins of the world, the digital offerings that are volatile, and are still marked by speculation and whipsawed activity.
On the other side are the central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), the electronic version of fiat, backed and issued by central banks that (ostensibly at least) would not have the hallmarks of volatility that mark other offerings.
It’s well known that governments around the world have been mulling the creation and issuance of CBDCs, and depending on where you look, pilots abound. In some cases, such as in China, Jamaica and the Caribbean, coins are being minted and issued and are even being used in trials here and there.
In some countries, where the outlook on cryptos (in the traditional, bitcoin sense of the word) is decidedly to the downside, there’s been a newfound consideration of CBDCs.
In what may be a way to get CBDCs more firmly entrenched in the public imagination, across technological conduits with which they are infinitely familiar, Korea’s central bank is working with Samsung to pilot its digital currency on Galaxy smartphones, for cross-border applications and for functionality in offline environments. As reported by the Korea Times, quoting an unnamed executive, “a pilot program aimed at checking on money transfers and remittances between countries, issuing and distributing the CBDC and monitoring how that eventually works in virtual environments.”
Samsung, of course, is no stranger to the space. As long ago as 2019, the company said that it was bringing a blockchain-friendly phone to market (KlaytnPhone), pre-loaded with a crypto wallet.
The Bank of International Settlements has said that CBDCs, with interoperability and collaboration between banks, can improve cross-border payments.