International money transfer market – best fit for Bitcoin
Remittance market is a huge transfer of money happening every day. According to World Bank report the estimated remittances size in 2015 was forecast to be $601 billion. International transfers were one of the best-fitting envisioned applications of bitcoin, as it is state border-less by definition and cheap to send money irrespective of amounts sent, while only fees per transaction size in bytes matter. However, it is still a hard way to get Bitcoin adapted at a massive scale. Early stage of its development makes it an instrument for tech advanced people only.
With introduction of new bitcoin services we are moving closer to the case when bitcoin is used daily by many households, bitcoin ATM is one of such services. Initial idea of bitcoin machines is to exchange cash to bitcoins or other cyrptocurrencies and vice versa, bitcoin to cash. However, there are other use-cases for bitcoin ATMs evolved. One of them is international remittance.
Bitcoin ATMs are spreading quite fast since the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016. Although the most useful application of bitcoin machines could be in the developing countries where financial inclusion is low, the majority of bitcoin ATMs are still appearing in developed countries.
Quick look at bitcoin ATM aggregated stats shows that 63% of all bitcoin machines are in North America and 25% are in Europe. Taking into account 5% in Oceania (mostly Australia) means almost 95% of all machines are in developed countries. There are several reasons for this. Costs for bitcoin ATMs might be quite high for average businessmen in developing country with respect to risk of operating and running it. Also return on investment required can be achieved only in locations with relatively large user base and steady bitcoin usage (mostly in developed countries as of now), which results in transaction volume for such machines.
Leading country within the developed countries list with respect to bitcoin ATM adoption is the United States. As of the end of March 2016 it has roughly 280 bitcoin ATMs installed across the country, which comprises ~45% of all installations worldwide.
Robocoin, the company, that launched the first Bitcoin ATM in Vancouver almost a year ago, announced the software update of their kiosks to a new platform which is called “Robocoin 2.0” and is connected to the launch of Bitcoin ATM wallet. The service itself was announced earlier, but now it became available to the customers.