BBVA analyses urbanites for big data dynamite

BBVA has launched Urban Discovery, an interactive tool open to everyone that analyses the cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Mexico City through the prism of their commercial activity. The bank says the analysis led to the creation of new maps that redraw urban borders and identify the most touristic and residential areas or those where […]

BBVA buys Mexican payments start-up Openpay

BBVA Bancomer, a fully owned subsidiary of BBVA, has acquired Mexico-based payments start-up Openpay to tap into its network of more than 15,000 payment reception points across the country. Openpay offers a platform for physical and electronic payments for businesses via its real-time Paynet network. According to BBVA, the start-up manages more than one million […]

BBVA and Ripple complete blockchain cross-border money transfer pilot

BBVA has announced the completion of “the first real-life implementation of an international money transfer using Ripple’s new distributed ledger technology (DLT)”. The transaction, which ran on BBVA infrastructures with real money, resulted in money moved between Spain and Mexio “in a matter of seconds”.

Uber rides into Mexico debit card arena

Uber has teamed up with MasterCard and Mexico’s first online bank, Bankaool, to launch its own debit card. The latest deal is Uber’s ride deeper into the fintech space. It recently partnered with Standard Chartered to offer the bank’s credit cardholders cashbacks on Uber rides. The UberCard in Mexico is linked to a Bankaool bank […]

Mystery as Mexican Bitcoin exchange goes offline

Mexico’s third-largest Bitcoin exchange, MeXBT, has gone offline without any prior warning – leaving its users confused. The firm’s website has gone and now just says “the page you are looking for cannot be found”. Its Twitter account is slightly more helpful and says (in Spanish) the platform has been suspended temporarily and it needs […]