The Bank of Russia has officially launched its digital rubble program and has also successfully concluded the first phase of trial for its digital rubble Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC).
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The first phase of trial for Bank of Russia’s digital rubble CBDC was to be conducted by 12 participating banks. However, due to non-completion IT system infrastructure upgrade, only three banks participated. Out of these three banks, two have successfully conducted the CBDC digital rubble trial.
The Russian CBDC model is based on the two-tier retail model, meaning the central bank will issue CBDC and it will be distributed among users by commercial banks. Bank of Russia said in a press release, “Now three banks from the pilot group have already connected to the platform. Two of them successfully completed a full cycle of digital rubble transfers between clients using banking mobile applications. Clients not only opened digital wallets on the digital rubble platform through a mobile application but also exchanged non-cash rubbles from their accounts for digital ones and then transferred digital rubbles between themselves.”
Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Digital Currency Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have successfully achieved a high transaction per second number of 1.7 million using their open-source CBDC software. The name of the project is ‘Project Hamilton’, and it was conducted a few weeks back. "There are still many remaining challenges in determining whether or how to adopt a central bank payment system for the United States," said Neha Narula, director of the Digital Currency Initiative at MIT, in a press release.