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FEB 20, 2024

Backpack forges partnership with Australian crypto on-ramp provider

by CoinNess Global

Cryptocurrency exchange Backpack has recently forged a strategic partnership with Banxa, a global crypto on-ramp provider, to introduce a comprehensive digital asset on- and off-ramp solution.

Onboarding into crypto

This collaboration, announced by Banxa on Monday, marks a significant milestone for Backpack users globally. If crypto and Web3 are to live up to their promise, then on-ramping and onboarding people from conventional financial services is key to broadening out adoption. Given the service provided by Banxa, the partnership has great importance.
Notably, Backpack Exchange, which recently secured a virtual asset service provider (VASP) from the Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA) in Dubai, emerged from the minds behind Solana’s renowned Mad Lads NFT collection, adding a layer of credibility to this venture.
Since then, the platform has been steadily expanding its operational footprint. Throughout the latter half of 2023, the exchange acquired several operational licenses across various jurisdictions worldwide, further solidifying its regulatory compliance and global presence. The platform’s user base spans across more than 130 countries.
Banxa hit the headlines in the crypto sector earlier this month when it emerged that the firm’s UK affiliate had become the first entity in 2024 to take its place on the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) crypto register.

Industry response

Anndy Lian, a Singaporean intergovernmental blockchain expert and the author of the book “NFT: From Zero to Hero,” views this partnership as a game-changer for Backpack users. Lian told Cointelegraph that this link-up will add to the ease with which users can now engage in buying and selling cryptocurrencies using fiat currencies through various payment methods like credit cards, bank transfers and e-wallets.
He emphasizes that such convenience will undoubtedly drive up the adoption and liquidity of Backpack and its associated tokens, thereby enhancing the overall user experience.

Trading volume high point

The announcement of this partnership comes on the heels of Backpack’s achievement of surpassing $1 billion in 24-hour trading volume on Sunday, merely four days into the launch of its trading preseason. The exchange had already exceeded $300 million in daily trading volume within the first 24 hours of trading on Feb. 15.
In light of this exponential growth in trading volume, Armani Ferrante, the founder and CEO of Backpack, took to the X social media platform to issue a word of caution to traders. Ferrante warned against potential overexcitement that might lead to unfavorable trading outcomes.
Ferrante stressed the long-term vision of the platform and urged users to trade responsibly, emphasizing that Backpack has extensive development plans in store, with the preseason serving as just the beginning.
Ferrante previously worked for bankrupt exchange platform FTX, which was seen as being at the center of the Solana ecosystem prior to its collapse. The Solana-based Backpack appears to be going some way in filling that void within the Solana community. With that, Solana-based trading pairs feature strongly in Backpack’s overall trading volume statistics. At the time of writing, SOL was trading at $109, down 1.7% over the course of the past 24 hours.
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