Alfa-Bank and Sberbank conduct payment via private blockchain
On November 28, Alfa-Bank and Sberbank have conducted a transaction using the blockchain technology, according to Vedomosti newspaper.
They transferred 1 million rubles from the Megafon Alfa-Bank account to the MegaLabs (a subsidiary of Megafon) Sberbank account. Money was transferred within the private network, with three nodes belonging to Sberbank and one node to Alfa-Bank.
Igor Bulantsev, the head of Sberbank CIB, believes that blockchain will allow to significantly reduce time required to make payments.
“Conventional inter-bank payments can last approximately 30 hours, while blockchain transactions need just several minutes. It will allow to reduce IT infrastructure expenditures tenfold, without mentioning the transaction processing price,” Igor Bulantsev says.
He also adds that completed transactions are stored within the framework of the law because of being regulated by the agreements on providing payment data.
The private blockchain is based on the HyperLedger technology.