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韩国电信发行了价值20亿美元的数字货币作为电信公司的支付手段

2021-2-16 13:31

 

上周,韩国第二大手机供应商韩国电信(KT)宣布,其区块链营收在2020年增长了7倍,但没有给出具体数字。对KT来说,区块链的一项重要活动是当地数字货币,这些货币也被用于在一些地区分发COVID-19救灾物资。据Paxnet报道,今天有消息称,韩国电信平台在2020年发行了2.2万亿韩元(合20亿美元)的韩元。


被称为“好支付解决方案”的电信供应商已经与几个市政府合作,包括金宝支付和釜山市的东白全货币。人民币被用来提振中小型零售企业,其方式是向在实体店和网上购买本地商品的顾客返还现金。地方政府对折扣给予补贴。这与中国的数字人民币试点没有什么不同。在中国,市政府发放约30美元的彩票,通常是在当地消费。


釜山是韩国仅次于首尔的第二大城市,因此它发行了1.2万亿韩元(11亿美元)的债券。Paxnet称,以韩元计算的运营费用为100亿韩元(合900万美元),外加0.7%。如果这些数字是准确的,韩国电信在釜山的收入应该在8,600万美元左右。


除了金浦和釜山,使用SK数字货币平台的其他地区还有蔚山、世宗、贡州、Iksan和Chilgok。然而,韩国造币厂在该领域也很活跃。


移动公司正在通过区块链探索的另一个领域是在海外漫游时支持移动支付。这是去年区块链研究小组(CBSG)研究的结果。

 

Last week KT, South Korea’s second-largest mobile phone provider, announced that its blockchain revenues in 2020 had grown sevenfold without giving figures. An important blockchain activity for KT is local digital currencies, which have also been used to distribute COVID-19 relief in some areas. Today news emerged that KT’s platform issued KRW 2.2 trillion ($2 billion) in local currency in 2020, according to Paxnet.

Referred to as the GoodPay solution, the telecoms provider has partnered with several city municipalities, including Gimpo Pay and the Dongbaekjeon currency in Busan City. The currency is used to boost small and medium-sized retail firms by offering cash back on in-store and online local purchases. The regional government subsidizes the discount. This is not dissimilar to the Chinese digital yuan trials where the city gives away around $30 in a lottery which is usually meant to be spent locally.

Busan is Korea’s second-biggest city after Seoul and hence it accounts for KRW 1.2 trillion of the issuance ($1.1 billion). Paxnet claims the operating fee for a local currency is KRW 10 billion ($9 million) plus 0.7%. If those figures are accurate, the Busan income to KT would have been around $86 million.

Apart from Gimpo and Busan, other regions where SK’s digital currency platform is used are Ulsan, Sejong, Gongju, Iksan and Chilgok. However, the Korean Mint is also active in the sector.

Another area that mobile firms are exploring with blockchain is enabling mobile payments while roaming overseas. That’s something explored last year by the Carrier Blockchain Study Group (CBSG).

 

来自: Ledger Insights