Popular US-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is reportedly going to add support for GBP, in a move that’s set to make it easier for the company’s UK customers to deposit and withdraw funds, improving user experience.
According to a recently published report, Coinbase UK CEO Zeeshan Feroz, a speaker at CryptoCompare & MJAC’s London Blockchain Summit, revealed the company is going to roll out support for GBP wire transfers “in the next few weeks.”
The cryptocurrency exchange currently uses Estonian bank LHV to process payments, which are all made in euros (EUR). Whenever it receives a GBP deposit or withdrawal, Coinbase converts the funds to EUR. If a user withdraws to an account denominated in GBP, it may deal with additional fees for foreign currency transactions.
The move is set to improve user experience for UK customers. Feroz was quoted as saying:
The biggest thing for me is rolling out access to faster payments for UK consumers (…) Over the next few weeks, we’ll be rolling that out for all customers. UK users will be able to deposit Sterling and withdraw Sterling out into their bank accounts using faster payments.
As CryptoGlobe reported, Coinbase received an e-money license from the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) earlier this year, after opening a bank account with Barclays. This let the exchange support GBP payments, and join the Faster Payments Scheme (FPS).
Feroz had in the past pointed out that the UK market is the largest one in Europe. According to CrytoCompare data, 869 BTC (about $5.3 million) were traded against GBP in the last 24-hour period, meaning the fiat currency represented 0.25 percent of the flagship cryptocurrency’s trading volume.
During the interview, Feroz was also asked about the company’s support for new cryptocurrencies, as at press time it only supports Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Litecoin. In response, the CEO referenced the newly-acquired decentralized exchange Paradex, stating:
We will start to take a product-specific view in terms of the regulatory profiles of coins and the service they’re providing and if that allows us to extend it beyond the four coins we have. You will see our businesses as they grow, the coins supported will maybe diverge. One example of that is Paradex which today is live in Europe with eight coins.
The response corroborates that Coinbase may soon support ERC-20 tokens, as it had previously announced. Feroz noted that while the company is looking for regulatory certainty, its absence won’t stop it from adding new tokens.
Coinbase has entered the path to offer SEC-regulated crypto securities, after it acquired Venovate Marketplace Inc, Keystone Capital Corp, and Digital Wealth LLC. The company has, however, been subject to controversy as various users recently filed a complaint with the SEC alleging their funds have been “stolen” or locked by the exchange.