Coins.ph opens digital exchange to private beta, launches BCH/PHP trading pairs
Philippine-based digital currency wallet Coins.ph announced the forthcoming launch of its Coins Exchange (CX) platform, which will serve as a digital currency exchange and is the first order-book exchange in the country.
In a statement, Coins.ph said that after receiving requests for “lower bitcoin (BTC) conversion fees” for the past couple of months, they wanted to let their users know that they’ve taken these requests to heart and are now working on a private beta of the platform.
Once officially launched, the exchange will allow unlimited trading (no balance limits, no deposit limits) at lower fees. According to its live trading page, it currently accepts Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple, and legacy Bitcoin (BTC).
Here’s a screenshot of CX’s trade page with the BCH/PHP trading pair selected as default when the page first loads:
With the proposed regulation of cryptocurrencies and ICOs from the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission, startups in the country have been preparing their documents and filing for compliance with the local government.
Coins.ph is a blockchain services platform which started operating in the Philippines in 2014. According to CX’s about page, Coins.ph has secured a Certificate of Registration from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to “formally operate as a virtual currency exchange.”
The CX project is “to make access to digital currency cheap and fast,” according to the company, noting that such efforts to offer a professional-grade order-book would result to reduced costs for trading digital currency in the country.
The platform’s consumer base forms about 2 million active users who buy and sell cryptocurrencies, send remittances to their families, and do online payments without requiring them to have bank accounts or registrations with other financial institutions.
The blockchain company previously stated that it has been evaluating the possibility of supporting Bitcoin Cash (BCH), a move that would reflect the cryptocurrency community’s vision to “bank the unbanked” and empower users with low fees and reliable confirmations over a secure network.
CX is still in private beta to a limited number of Coins.ph users, but its site has opened a waitlist for new users to register.