Tauros becomes Latin America’s first Bitcoin exchange to adopt the Lighting Network

Tauros in partnership with IBEX has become the first Bitcoin exchange in LATAM (Latin America) to adopt all- Lightning Network power. The new integration enables users to send Bitcoin (BTC) to any Lightning-enabled Wallet in the blink of an eye and with incredibly low cost.

“Lightning is leading the most radical financial empowerment in history and will set a new standard for the rest of the networks in the market. Bitcoin is the king of digital transactions, but without Lightning, it’s stuck in the financial slow lane,” said Salvador Melendez, CEO of Tauros.

“We are proud of being the first exchange in LATAM to deliver this incredible technology to our community of tech-savvy users who demand and expect that businesses start harnessing the incredible powers that Lightning confers.”

Mexico has rapidly adopted Bitcoin in recent years. Nevertheless, its usage has traditionally been driven by store-of-value; the barriers faced by BTC for massive adoption or everyday use have been an issue regarding fees and delivery time.

These challenges disappeared when Tauros integrated Lightning technology partner, IBEX. Tauros is using IBEXHub, the company’s Lightning-as-a-Service technology, which makes it incredibly easy for partners to incorporate Lightning payments within their ecosystem. Now, anyone using the Tauros app can fund or withdraw bitcoin almost immediately and use any Lightning-enabled POS to make seamless purchases directly from their Tauros wallet – and in their local currency.

“If 2021 was the year that Lightning burst into the Bitcoin ecosystem, 2022 will be remembered as the year Bitcoin truly became transactional and started transforming people’s financial lives,” said Mario Aguiluz, VP of LATAM at Ibex Mercado. “Pioneering exchanges like Tauros are delivering the future of Bitcoin, today – and that’s sending shockwaves through the financial ecosystem.”

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity for banks and businesses to massively expand their customer base practically overnight and start providing services to people once considered ‘economically unreachable’.”

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