Italian banks together with SIA, R3, NTT Data join Spunta blockchain infrastructure for payments, which is now fully operational

15 octombrie 2020

Spunta Banca DLT, an Italian initiative providing a blockchain infrastructure that supports the ABI Spunta application, has announced that it is fully operational, according to thepaypers.com.

Moreover, since October 2020, around 100 banks have been operating on Spunta, using the network’s interconnected nodes in bilateral accounts’ reconciliation. The ABI Spunta application is a project promoted by the Italian Banking Association (ABI) for the application of a blockchain to the interbank reconciliation process. ABI Spunta is coordinated by ABI Lab – the banking research and innovation centre promoted by the Italian Banking Association.

ABI Spunta sees the commitment of technical partners such as NTT Data and SIA, in addition to R3 with the Corda Enterprise platform. It aims to create of an international working group to set out the requirements to match the characteristics of the ‘nostro’ and ‘vostro’ account processes across different countries and therefore to extend the application across the European banking sector.

Some figures about Spunta:

Thanks to the algorithm for information matching, discussed and agreed by the workgroup of banks, the automatic match rate is 97,6%;

Starting with March 1, 2020, the Spunta infrastructure processed 204 million transactions related to the 55 banks that migrated in the first two waves. The time required to complete the processing is about one hour per night. By the end of 2020, the number of processed transactions is expected to exceed 350 million.

If this application will be applied to more complex cases, working at its full capacity, it was estimated that the infrastructure would be able to manage a total volume of 8.4 billion transactions. As term of comparison, Bitcoin’s blockchain in the entire 2019 managed 117 million transactions.

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Gabriela Nistor – director general adjunct BT

Tendinţele pe care le-am remarcat înainte de începerea pandemiei s-au accelerat pe perioada stării de urgenţă. Am văzut acest lucru ca o oportunitate, un tipping point pentru bancă. Post-pandemie nu avem cum sa ne întoarcem la comportamentul financiar pe care îl aveam până în februarie a.c. Relaţia românilor cu online-ul s-a schimbat. In plus, cardul fizic se va dematerializa. Vom asista la o scădere a cererii pentru cardurile fizice, respectiv la o creştere a preferinţei pentru componenta digitală a acestora.”

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In 23 septembrie 2019, BNR a anuntat infiintarea unui Fintech Innovation Hub pentru a sustine inovatia in domeniul serviciilor financiare si de plata. In acest sens, care credeti ca ar trebui sa fie urmatorul pas al bancii centrale in 2020?