Countries in the region, collectively known as the ‘Black Sea Basin,’ have experienced growth in both bitcoin adoption, and infrastructure. There are over 13,600 locations to buy bitcoin in person in the region.
It’s not at all apparent when looking at an ATM placement map, such as Coin ATM Radar, how densely populated these areas are with shops and machines that will sell bitcoins for the local currency.
Such websites only list bitcoin-focused ATM machines, not multipurpose kiosks, nor shops where you can go to the counter and purchase bitcoins from the clerk. If you could include these kinds of shops and machines, which are every bit as good at selling bitcoins as a bitcoin ATM, then it’s clear that countries in eastern Europe have an extraordinarily high degree of bitcoin access.
Residents in the region do many everyday tasks through payment kiosks, including utility bill payment, Internet and TV service pre-payment, crediting electronic or banking accounts, paying insurance premium payment and even paying income tax.
“Bill payment kiosks provide a convenient alternative to online or at bank branch payment that is quite appealing to the unbanked population which varies by country, but usually represents a high percentage of the overall population. High availability of bill payment kiosks along with access to electronic wallets are the major contributors to the rising popularity of bill payment kiosks.”
– Vlad Kravtsov, Maastrict School of Management
Some of the biggest payment Kiosk companies include the IBOX in the Ukraine, JSC Nova in Georgia and Zebra Pay in Romania. Striking agreements to add Bitcoin exchange applications to these kiosks, in one or both directions, has so far been an easy job for local Bitcoin entrepreneurs.
When the first BTCU Kiosks in the Ukraine started selling
Originally appeared at: http://bravenewcoin.com/news/bitcoins-gaining-traction-in-the-black-sea/