Coinspeaker Ripple Labs Debuts CBDC Platform for Central Banks

Popular blockchain payments firm Ripple Labs Inc is set to launch its own Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) platform, which will allow central banks, governments, and financial institutions to issue digital currencies.

The news comes shortly after Ripple and the Central Bank of Montenegro agreed to collaborate on the development of a pilot project for a national digital currency.

This platform’s goal is to equip Central Banks with the technology and infrastructure required to issue and operate their own CBDCs. Through Ripple’s CBDC platform, government agencies will be permitted to manage and customize the entire CBDC lifecycle including minting, distribution, redemption, and token burning.

Additionally, the platform will enable financial institutions to administer and engage in CBDC-related inter-institutional settlement and distribution functions. This could involve facilitating the secure and efficient transfer of CBDCs between financial institutions, enabling interoperability and settlement finality.

Furthermore, Central banks can issue both wholesale and retail CBDCs, which can also be used to conduct offline transactions. This would enable users to perform transactions with their CBDCs even if they did not have an active internet connection.

However, it is worth noting that the specific features and capabilities of CBDCs, including offline transaction support, would be determined by each central bank’s design choices and requirements.

Ripple said it would demonstrate use cases for the platform as part of the e-HKD pilot, a program of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the de facto Central bank. Additionally, it is also working with Taiwan’s Fubon Bank to tokenize real estate assets and develop stock trading products as part of the e-HKD trial.

CBDC Platform Enhanced by Ripple’s Private Ledger

Notably, the CBDC platform is an improved version of Ripple’s private ledger, launched in 2021 to issue CBDCs. It is built on the XRP Ledger but on a new private ledger.

Interestingly, Ripple has been leveraging the XRP Ledger, an open-source blockchain protocol, in its existing technology solutions. The firm has utilized the XRP Ledger for various applications, including facilitating fast and efficient transaction settlement.

The CBDC Private Ledger would leverage Ripple’s existing blockchain technology, specifically the XRP Ledger, to enable Central banks to create and distribute their digital currencies securely and efficiently. The goal is to deliver a holistic solution that meets the unique needs of Central banks, such as scalability, security, and regulatory compliance.

The CBDC Private Ledger, according to Ripple, will handle tens of thousands of transactions per second. This compares to the previous hundreds of thousands of transactions per second. By collaborating with central banks to develop CBDCs, Ripple aimed to support the modernization of the global financial system and promote the adoption of digital currencies.

In a bid to advance its business reach, Ripple has paid $250 million to Switzerland-based firm, Metaco in order to expand its remittance network into institutional Bitcoin custody.


Ripple Labs Debuts CBDC Platform for Central Banks