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Chainlink and SWIFT to Bridge the Crypto Industry and the Banking Sector

Currently, SWIFT and Chainlink are working to connect CCIP to SWIFT’s structures. According to SWIFT’s head of strategy, one reason for this, is that more and more banks are building crypto divisions, including using SWIFT for international services. The model of SWIFT and Chainlink would predictably lead to a mass of daily transactions where at least a part of the fees must be paid in LINK.

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International payments system SWIFT and Chainlink (LINK) are launching a collaboration to test how blockchain solutions and crypto assets can be integrated into the traditional banking system.

Chainlink (LINK) hired ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt as an advisor nearly a year ago with the goal of deepening doors with companies and organizations outside the crypto industry. Now the decision seems to be bearing its first fruits, as Chainlink has gained a very special cooperation partner in the international payment system SWIFT. At this year’s SmartCon conference in New York, the collaboration was made public and its potential becomes apparent upon closer inspection.

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SWIFT is the system that banks around the world use to process international transactions

The organization came into the spotlight this year when, in response to the Russian war of aggression, it was decided to exclude Russia from SWIFT, making it much more difficult for domestic banks and businesses there to make cross-border payments. In the crypto industry, SWIFT is also known from the perspective of Ripple, where competition to SWIFT is being built with XRP as a bridge currency. So, with its 50-year history, what moves SWIFT to choose Chainlink as a cooperation partner?

“We connect 11,000 banks, (Chainlink) connects 15 blockchains,” SWIFT’s head of strategy, Jonathan Ehrenfeld Solé, said at the conference. This, he said, gives access to two secure, stable, and powerful infrastructures. The goal, he said, is to make it possible to buy cryptocurrencies, for example, just as easily anywhere in the world as to transfer them to any other country. Chainlink is initially bringing in its CCIP protocol, which is used to enable cryptocurrency transactions across different ecosystems as well. Currently, SWIFT and Chainlink are working to connect CCIP to SWIFT’s structures. One reason for this, according to Solé, is that more and more banks are building crypto divisions, including using SWIFT for international services.

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Observers note that it would take large investments and probably years for individual banks to develop their own payment channels for Bitcoin and co. In this respect, SWIFT as an established standard is ideally suited to relieve the banks of work here. Chainlink, in turn, is the number one Oracle service in the crypto industry and can also feed real-time prices for cryptocurrencies into the system, for example. In the medium term, it is conceivable that SWIFT could even process fiat currency transfers automatically via blockchain instead of organizing them manually between banks, as has been the case to date.

Chainlink has been proving for some time that it has no fear of contact with large-scale industries and other traditional sectors. For example, Deutsche Telekom has already been successfully participating in Chainlink as a technical service provider since 2020, and the U.S. news agency AP is one of the Chainlink’s customers.

The cooperation with SWIFT is also potentially interesting for investors because when services from Chainlink are used, LINK is the currency in which payment is made. The model of SWIFT and Chainlink would predictably lead to a mass of daily transactions where at least a part of the fees has to be paid in LINK, thus strengthening the price of the altcoin.

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Michael Jermaine Cards is a business executive and a financial journalist, with a focus on IT, innovation and transportation, as well as crypto and AI. He writes about robotics, automation, deep learning, multimodal transit, among others. He updates his readers on the latest market developments, tech and CBD stocks, and even the commodities industry. He does management consulting parallel to his writing, and has been based in Singapore for the past 15 years.