Mexican bitcoin exchange Bitso has acquired competitor Unisend Mexico in an attempt to consolidate its market share in the region.
A relatively small exchange, Bitso's trading volume in the last 24 hours stood at approximately $7,671 (33.4 BTC) – less than 1% of US exchange Coinbase, which had reached $1.34m at the time of press.
Speaking to CoinDesk, Pablo González, CEO at Bitso, said:
"Although we feel strongly that the market is on the verge of significant growth, right now it doesn't really make sense to have such a diffused effort. Consolidation makes sense at this point, in preparation for the huge potential that we see coming with remittance partners poised to begin activity over the bitcoin rail."
Bitso, which acquired Unisend Mexico for an undisclosed amount, will be taking on Jose Rodriguez, its former CEO, as vice president of payments.
Fomer Unisend customers will be migrated to Bitso, according to the pair.
Boom and bust
As previously reported by CoinDesk, Bitso launched an e-commerce platform and point-of-sale (POS) system, BitsoPagos in January this year.
Gonzalez, who said the bitcoin market is set to "boom", seemed positive about the digital currency's future, noting how it could help Mexico's remittance market and cross-border payments.
The merger follows the closure of various bitcoin exchanges including Canada's CARVITEX – later acquired by New York platform Coinsetter in April – Vault of Satoshi, Cointrader and Quadriga in the last few months.
Elsewhere, BTCXIndia shut down operations in May.
Disclaimer: CoinDesk founder Shakil Khan is an investor in BitPay.
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A relatively small exchange, Bitso’s trading volume in the last 24 hours stood at approximately $7,671 (33.4 BTC) – less than 1% of US exchange Coinbase, which had reached $1.34m at the time of press.
Speaking to CoinDesk, Pablo González, CEO at Bitso , said: "Although we feel strongly that the market is […]