97% of payment firms believe in the power of crypto
The global payments industry is optimistic about the potential of cryptocurrencies and blockchain to enable faster and cheaper transactions, according to a new survey organized by Ripple.
Blockchain-based digital payment network Ripple, and payments organization the Faster Payments Council (FPC), released a report on March 2 covering the possibilities of crypto-enabled payments.
The report, titled “Transforming the Way Money Moves,” provides insight into global crypto payment trends based on a survey sent to over 950 FPC subscribers, including analysts and CEOs in 45 countries. The survey included 281 respondents who addressed 25 questions about blockchain payment usage and benefits, ownership of digital assets, and usage barriers. Fieldwork for the survey was carried out during the first half of 2022.
According to survey results, almost all surveyed FPC subscribers – or 97% of respondents – believed that cryptocurrency and blockchain technology would play a significant role in enabling faster payments over the next three years. More than 50% of payments executives surveyed believe that most merchants will accept crypto payments within one to three years.
27% of executives surveyed in the Middle East and Africa believe that the majority of merchants will be crypto-friendly by 2024. According to Ripple and FPC, such optimism in these markets may stem from crypto-enabled solutions such as mobile payments and central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).
Despite 52% of respondents considering crypto use for payments, only 17% supported crypto-enabled payments at the time of the survey, according to the report.
The report notes that the biggest reasons for not adopting crypto technologies for payments were regulatory clarity and limited adoption. Almost 90% of respondents pointed to regulatory ambiguity as the main obstacle to crypto payments, while 45% of interviewees cited limited industry acceptance.
In 2022, financial data platform Pymnts and crypto payment firm BitPay issued a survey suggesting that the majority of respondents for businesses with annual revenue of $1 billion were using crypto payments to find and acquire new customers.
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The latest report from Ripple further confirms the significant potential of crypto-related technologies to become a crucial part of the global financial system. As a survey by Zogby Analytics and CasperLabs suggests, as many as 90% of businesses in the US, UK and China have experimented with blockchain technology since early 2023.
The news comes amid Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse’s expectations that the XRP lawsuit with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission would be resolved this year.
“It has been almost two and a half years since that trial started. We have tried to move on as quickly as possible, says Garlinghouse soadding that Ripple expects a decision “certainly in 2023.”