Uruguay reportedly installs its first Bitcoin ATM


Uruguay has reportedly put in its first Bitcoin (BTC) ATM, making it the 11th South American nation to publicly encourage crypto adoption. Prior to Uruguay’s involvement, South America hosted 79 ATMs, which represented 0.2% of world BTC ATM installations.

According to Ámbito, Uruguay’s first crypto ATM was put in within the coastal metropolis of Punta del Este, a serious vacationer attraction within the area. Uruguay’s first Bitcoin ATM was developed and put in in partnership with two native crypto firms — URUBit and inBierto.

The crypto ATM in Uruguay presently helps withdrawal and deposits of 5 cryptocurrencies, particularly — BTC, Binance Coin (BNB), Binance USD (BUSD), Ferret Token (FRT) and Urubit (URUB). FRT and URUB are in-house cryptocurrencies managed and distributed by URUBit and inBierto respectively.

Adolfo Varela, the CEO of inBierto, confirmed that the initiative was 100% funded by the federal government of Uruguay. inBierto is a crypto funding platform, who can also be a member of the Uruguayan Chamber of Fintech (Cámara Uruguaya de Fintech), a startup accelerator targeted on the fintech sector. URUBit is a decentralized token created in Uruguay and deployed within the Binance Smart Chain (BSC).

Data from Coin ATM Radar reveals that Colombia leads the South American market with 31 crypto ATM installations thus far, who’s adopted by Brazil and Argentina at 22 and 11 installations respectively.

Other South American nations corresponding to Ecuador, Venezuela, Aruba and Saint Kits and Nevis have additionally put in one crypto ATM.

inBierto has not but responded to Cointelegraph’s request for remark.

Related: Uruguayan senator introduces bill to enable use of crypto for payments

Last 12 months, an Uruguayan senator launched a draft invoice looking for to manage cryptocurrency and allow companies to just accept crypto funds.

As Cointelegraph reported, senator Juan Sartori was not eager on adopting crypto as a authorized tender. Instead, he recommended:

“Today we present a bill that seeks to establish a legitimate, legal and safe use in businesses related to the production and commercialization of virtual currencies in Uruguay.”