© Thomson Reuters, The logo of blockchain company Ripple is seen at the SIBOS banking and financial conference in Toronto
, the company behind cryptocurrency XRP, appears to be picking up steam among traditional financial players. The company added two payments companies to its roster of clients, Ripple announced Wednesday. One of Ripple’s flagship products appears to be picking up some steam. The financial technology company, best known for its native digital currency XRP, announced Wednesday two payment companies – IDT Corporation and Mercury FX – would begin using its xRapid product to settle certain transactions. Asheesh Birla, VP of product for Ripple, told Business Insider earlier this year that the firm was speeding up plans for xRapid, an XRP-powered product that seeks to enhance cross-border payments for emerging markets. The product caught the attention of the media earlier this month after it was announced that MoneyGram, one of the largest money transfer companies in the world, would begin testing it out. New Jersey-based IDT Corporation, which already uses digital assets to facilitate some transactions, will use xRapid to enhance such operations, according to chief executive Alfredo O’Hagan. “We’re excited to pilot Ripple’s xRapid solution for on-demand liquidity,” O’Hagan said in a statement. “We expect that xRapid will enable us to settle more transactions in real-time and at a lower cost.” Alastair Constance, CEO and founder of Mercury FX, said in a statement that cutting settlement times could shave billion of dollars “in unnecessary intermediary fees.” A spokesperson for Ripple declined to say whether either IDT Corporation or Mercury FX would pay Ripple to use xRapid. “We don’t disclose terms of our deals with customers,” the spokesperson told Business Insider via email. The news suggests Ripple is making inroads among traditional financial services players. Ripple stands out in the cryptocurrency world as a company that seeks to partner with, rather than topple, the current financial system. Its approach has drawn investors to its digital currency XRP. It’s up more than 500% over the last three months, according to Markets Insider data. Still, some market watchers are skeptical of whether Ripple will be able to attract big bank clients. New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper said he was unable to verify many of the cooperating banks the company had previously announced. Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse denied those claims.
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