Athena Bitcoin, the corporate working a state-owned chain of crypto ATMs in El Salvador, plans to combine the Lightning Community into 100 of those machines within the subsequent couple of months.
In accordance with the press launch from Nov. 7, Athena Bitcoin World and Genesis Coin Inc. have already enabled using the Lightning Community expertise throughout their expertise infrastructure and can now start implementing them at first in El Salvador after which throughout Latin America.
The Lightning Community is a “layer 2” cost protocol that permits quicker withdrawals and minimizes transaction charges. It additionally avoids recording the transaction information within the accounting of the primary community. In accordance with the Coinatmradar, solely 3.7% of the world’s crypto ATMs support the expertise.
Athena has not but responded to Cointelegraph’s request for remark.
Athena intends to modify on the Lightning help in 100 of the state-owned Chivo ATMs it’s working in El Salvador by December 2023. The remaining kiosks, together with the Athena-branded ones, will comply with in Q1 2024. There are presently 215 crypto teller machines in El Salvador.
The nation’s chief, who made Bitcoin a authorized tender in 2021, has lately introduced his run for reelection as president in 2024. “5 extra [years], 5 extra and never one step again,” Bukele mentioned in a speech in entrance of hundreds of Salvadorans. In April 2023, Bukele made a daring transfer to eliminate all taxes on technology innovations, which may entice extra entrepreneurs and overseas capital to maneuver into the nation.
Some specialists, like Gabor Gurbacs, technique adviser of funding administration agency VanEck, consider El Salvador can comply with Singapore’s lead and turn into a financial center in the Americas.