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ViaBTC, the first mining pool to support Bitcoin Unlimited, will open an exchange by Q4 2017 after a 20 mln yuan funding round with Bitmain.
Chinese mining pool ViaBTC has announced it will launch an international exchange by the end of 2017 after it raised 20 mln yuan.
A local news resource in China cnLedger reports preliminary details of a series A deal led by major mining hardware producer Bitmain, which should see the exchange go live in the second half of the year.
Chinese pool @ViaBTC to launch its overseas #Bitcoin exchange in the second half of 2017, and raised ￥20 million (Round A), led by Bitmain pic.twitter.com/1XCy857SAH— cnLedger (@cnLedger) April 5, 2017
Chinese pool @ViaBTC to launch its overseas #Bitcoin exchange in the second half of 2017, and raised ￥20 million (Round A), led by Bitmain pic.twitter.com/1XCy857SAH
Like Bitmain, ViaBTC has been a staunch Bitcoin Unlimited proponent, officially since October, when its decision to support the scaling solution cost by 50 percent of its hashing power.
More recently, in March the pool publicly appealed to Bitcoin users championing Segregated Witness (SegWit) to “not block” Bitcoin Unlimited’s progress to implementation.
BU is the majority now. Segwit supporters, please don't block BU.— ViaBTC (@ViaBTC) March 10, 2017
BU is the majority now. Segwit supporters, please don't block BU.
“ViaBTC is the world’s first public pool that switched to Bitcoin Unlimited and we’ve since been playing an important role in block scaling, helping other pools to update to BU,” it continued in a blog post issued last week.
“We believe BU is so far the most optimal and applicable block scaling solution.”
ViaBTC is one of the less powerful pools currently in operation, having mined 4.6 percent of blocks over the past seven days according to data produced by Coin Dance.
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