Iran's CBDC Digital Rial Enters Pilot Trial Phase Despite Infrastructure Deficit

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Iran is capitalizing on blockchain's promise by launching a pilot test of its CBDC Digital Rial on Thursday, September 22. The Iranian Chamber of Commerce has issued an official statement regarding the occurrence. The CBDC had been in development for some time, and its introduction was originally scheduled for November, but the procedure appears to be overcoming all obstacles earlier than predicted. This CBDC is intended to increase financial inclusion for Iran's unbanked population.

The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) is monitoring the trial launch of this CBDC, according to an official statement from the Iranian government.

"Crypto-Rial has been developed such that it is easy to track, and can be tracked even if the data on the smart phones are compromised. The crypto-Rial is envisioned as a new sort of national currency, similar to banknotes and coins, but it would be entirely digital, according to a notice posted in the newsroom of Iran's chamber of commerce, industries, mines, and agriculture.

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A CBDC, or central bank digital currency, is a blockchain-based digital currency that is issued and regulated by national central banks.

CBDCs are not anonymous, in accordance with anti-money laundering regulations, unlike Bitcoin.

Other nations, like China, India, and Russia, are currently developing their own CBDCs.

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In the meantime, crypto-related activities have also caught the attention of Iranian authorities as of late.

Elliptic Research calculated that 4.5 percent of all Bitcoin mining occurred in Iran last year.

In January, Iran ordered all authorized Bitcoin mining facilities to cease operations immediately in order to relieve pressure on the country's electrical supply.

The Iranian government has also been cracking down on illegal Bitcoin mining operations that consume more than 600 megawatts of electricity that might otherwise reach the country's residents.


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