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Visa Pioneers Cross-Border Payment Revolution with Solana and USDC Integration

Visa's integration of Solana and Circle's USDC stablecoin marks a major leap in cross-border payments, causing Solana to surge by nearly 2%

Shashank Bhardwaj
Published: Sep 7, 2023 02:49:34 PM IST
Updated: Sep 7, 2023 02:58:23 PM IST

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In a significant move that could reshape cross-border transactions, Visa, the global payment powerhouse based in San Francisco, has taken a giant stride by integrating Circle's USDC stablecoin with the high-speed Solana blockchain, marking Visa as one of the pioneering financial institutions to leverage Solana for large-scale settlements.

Visa's commitment to enhancing cross-border payments has been propelled by integrating Circle's USDC stablecoin with the Solana blockchain, renowned for its swift performance. This strategic move underscores Visa's dedication to adopting cutting-edge technology to provide modern and efficient solutions for its clients. This groundbreaking development has already yielded positive results, as Solana's native crypto, SOL, experienced a significant surge of nearly 2% in response to the announcement. 

However, Visa's innovation continues beyond integrating USDC and Solana. The company has embarked on pilot programs with prominent merchant acquirers, Worldpay and Nuvei, which process debit and credit card payments for businesses globally. These programs empower Visa's clients to opt for USDC stablecoin settlements instead of traditional fiat currencies, ushering in a new era of digital currency adoption.

Visa's journey into stablecoins and blockchain technology began in 2021 when it commenced testing USDC for its treasury operations. Further demonstrating its commitment to innovation, Visa ran a successful pilot program with, utilising Ethereum's blockchain to settle cross-border payments made with Visa cards.

However, when settling cross-border transactions conducted through Visa cards, the process involved time-consuming multiday currency conversions and the accumulation of wire transfer fees. As a result, the crypto exchange has now shifted its approach, opting to employ USDC to meet settlement requirements related to its Australian Visa card.

Cuy Sheffield, Visa's Head of Crypto, emphasised the significance of leveraging stablecoins like USDC and robust blockchain networks such as Solana and Ethereum. The goal is to expedite cross-border settlements, providing Visa's clients with modern and efficient options for sending and receiving funds securely.

In today's rapidly evolving commerce landscape, Visa stands at the forefront of digital currency and blockchain innovation. By harnessing the capabilities of USDC, Solana, and Ethereum, Visa is paving the way for a new era of cross-border payments characterised by speed, efficiency, and alignment with the demands of modern businesses. This initiative marks a significant leap toward the future of global finance.

Shashank is the founder of yMedia. He ventured into crypto in 2013 and is an ETH maximalist. Twitter: @bhardwajshash