Russia’s largest bank said the Ethereum-based platform will launch for open testing in March ahead of the main launch in May.
The system will begin facilitating commercial operations at the end of April and MetaMask users will be able to connect to the DeFI platform.
Friday’s news comes after Sberbank launched Russia’s first exchange-traded fund (ETF) in December 2021 and bagged a crypto license from the central bank back in March.
Sberbank has plans to issue a decentralized finance (DeFi) system compatible with the Ethereum blockchain around May 2023, local media outlet Interfax reported on Friday. The news was disclosed by the bank’s Product director Konstantin Klimenko during an Economic Congress session.
Sberbank teased the system back in November last year, saying plans to integrate Ethereum with its own DeFI ecosystem were underway. The platform is already in close beta testing and will open up for more trials by the beginning of March, Klimenko said on Friday.
The bank official further noted that commercial operations should kick off on the system by the end of April ahead of a full launch in May. Also, MetaMask users will be able to connect to the platform via their wallets on Ethereum, crypto’s largest DeFi blockchain with over $29 billion in total value locked (TVL).
Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, has had eyes on the crypto industry for a while. In December 2021, the bank issued Russia’s first-ever exchange-traded fund (ETF) dubbed the Sberbank Blockchain Economy ETF. The product is tradable on the Russian stock exchange under the ticker SBBE.
Also, Sberbank secured a crypto license from the Russian central bank in March 2022. The license gave the bank permission to issue and trade digital assets in line with financial regulations.
Ethereum To Gain Additional Exposure With Sberbank Integration
Indeed, crypto’s largest altcoin blockchain could enjoy broader user adoptions following Friday’s news. Sberbank boasts over 110 million customers as well as one million institutional clients. The move echoes sentiment from Origin Protocol co-founder Josh Fraser who touted Ethereum as the “base layer of innovation for the majority of DeFi).