Payments behemoth Visa has unveiled a proposed platform enabling interoperability between central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and other stablecoins.
- The “universal payments channel” (UPC) aims to allow the cryptocurrencies to be transferred between different blockchain networks.
- In a white paper, Visa said “the UPC technology can play an important role between private stablecoins and public CBDCs by providing permissioned access for whitelisted stablecoins to be interoperable with CBDCs.”
- The UPC protocol will allow payments through an entity known as the “UPC Hub”, acting as a trusted gateway to read the state of two ledgers, checking the eligibility of every payment.
- With almost every major economy in the world exploring the development of a CBDC, questions have been asked about how different currencies could interoperate and eyes have turned to companies like Visa to provide such a solution.