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Naver、软银向电信巨头TBCASoft投资2500万美元

2021-8-6 16:16


昨天,区块链电信初创公司TBCASoft宣布其B轮融资初步完成,融资高达2500万美元。这笔投资由韩国互联网公司Naver Corporation的子公司Naver Financial牵头,现有投资者软银(SoftBank)也参与了投资。Naver最多将出资2000万美元,软银将出资500万美元。


这两位投资者对彼此都很了解,因为他们都拥有日本最大的社交网络Line 50%的股份,Line Pay也属于Line Pay。


TBCASoft总部位于美国,通过其创始人与台湾有着密切的联系。这家初创公司将利用这笔资金扩大HIVEX网络的国际扩张,计划在包括日本、韩国和台湾在内的东北亚地区开始试点,然后是东南亚。该公司还打算吸引更多的人才,并加快其区块链解决方案的创新。


HIVEX是一种基于二维码的移动支付解决方案,即使消费者在国外旅行,账单也会通过用户的移动运营商支付。区块链支持移动运营商之间的实时交易协调。他们的目标是让HIVEX像Apple Pay或谷歌Pay一样无处不在。在获得监管部门批准后,预计软银移动支付公司PayPay Corp将拥有4000万用户。在台湾,PChome InterPay和亚太电信(Asia Pacific Telecom)将把它们的支付钱包连接起来,但需要经过批准。


软银集团全球联盟与投资战略副总裁Miki Fukazawa表示:“通过这次新的投资,我们将加强与TBCASoft的关系,与世界各地的电信运营商和我们的移动支付合作伙伴一起在全球范围内扩展我们的跨运营商支付系统网络。”


TBCASoft于2017年启动了第一个电信区块链财团——Carrier区块链Study Group (CBSG)。日本第三大电信公司软银(Softbank)从一开始就是该财团的成员之一。


CBSG的主要解决方案是其已发展成为HIVEX的跨运营商支付系统(CCPS)平台。它可以让手机用户在漫游时使用移动钱包,并通过当地电话公司的账单支付。


然而,自从CBSG开始以来,现在有了其他的电信区块链举措。通信区块链网络(CBAN)成立于2019年。去年,区块链创业公司Clear和电信供应商Tomia宣布了一个联合漫游管理和结算平台。

Yesterday telecoms blockchain startup TBCASoft announced the initial close of its Series B funding round, in which it raised up to $25 million. The investment was led by Naver Financial, a subsidiary of the South Korean internet company Naver Corporation, with participation from existing investor SoftBank. Naver will contribute up to $20 million, and Softbank $5 million.

The two investors know each other well, as they each own 50% of Line, Japan’s biggest social network, which owns Line Pay.

TBCASoft is based in the U.S. with strong links to Taiwan through its founder. The startup will use the funds to increase the international expansion of the HIVEX Network, which it plans to begin piloting across Northeast Asia, including Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, followed by Southeast Asia. The company also intends to attract additional talent and step up the innovations in its blockchain solutions.

HIVEX is a QR code-based mobile payment solution, where the billing goes via the user’s mobile carrier even if the consumer travels abroad. Blockchain enables real-time transaction reconciliations between mobile carriers. The ambition is for HIVEX to be as ubiquitous as Apple Pay or Google Pay. Subject to regulatory approvals, it’s expected that SoftBank mobile payment firm PayPay Corp with 40 million users will join. And in Taiwan, PChome InterPay and Asia Pacific Telecom will link their payment wallets, subject to approvals.

“With this new investment, we’ll strengthen our relationship with TBCASoft to expand our Cross-Carrier Payment System network on a global scale together with telecom carriers around the world and our mobile payment partners,” said Miki Fukazawa, VP of Global Alliance & Investment Strategy at SoftBank Corp.

TBCASoft started the first telecoms blockchain consortium in 2017, the Carrier Blockchain Study Group (CBSG). Softbank, which is Japan’s third largest telecoms firm, was a member of the consortium from its inception.

The main CBSG solution is its Cross-Carrier Payment System (CCPS) platform which has evolved into HIVEX. It enables phone users to use mobile wallets while roaming with payments settled through their local phone company bill.

However, since CBSG started, there are now other telecoms blockchain initiatives. The Communications Blockchain Network (CBAN) was founded in 2019. Last year, blockchain startup Clear and telecoms provider Tomia announced a joint roaming management and settlement platform.


来自: Ledger Insights