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What is XRP?

XRP, Ripple’s token, facilitates efficient and low-cost cross-border fund transfers, ensuring instant and trustless transactions. Its main purpose is to act as a bridge currency, providing financial institutions with a more economical method to exchange various cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies.

What is Ripple?

Ripple is a privately-held fintech company that provides a global payment solution via its patented payment network called Ripple Network (also known as RippleNet). RippleNet is a payment network that is built on top of Ripple’s consensus ledger, called XRP Ledger (also known as XRPL). Ripple funded the development of the open-source XRP Ledger.

Unlike most cryptocurrencies out there that cater to peer-to-peer needs, Ripple was made to connect banks, payment providers and digital asset exchanges, enabling real-time settlement expeditions and lower transaction fees.

What Is XRP / XRP Ledger?

Launched in 2021, the XRP Ledger (XRPL) is an open-source, permissionless and decentralized technology. Benefits of the XRP Ledger include its low-cost ($0.0002 to transact), speed (settling transactions in 3-5 seconds), scalability (1,500 transactions per second), and inherently green attributes (carbon-neutral and energy-efficient). The XRP Ledger also features the first decentralized exchange (DEX) and custom tokenization capabilities built into the protocol. Since 2012, the XRP Ledger has been operating reliably, having closed 70 million ledgers.

What Makes XRPL Unique?

The XRP Ledger presents a wide variety of applications and use cases related to payments including micropayments, DeFi, and, soon, NFTs. Deployed in 2012, the XRPL supports enterprises and Python, Java and JavaScript developers with powerful utility and flexibility. On the XRP website, developers can access different tutorials to help them get started using different coding languages, building apps, managing accounts, and more.

Alongside its native coin, XRP, the XRP Ledger is used by developers to create solutions that solve inefficiencies, including remittance and asset tokenization. Currently, the five main applications of the XRP Ledger are payments, tokenization, DeFi, CBDCs and stablecoins.

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What is the difference between XRP, XRP Ledger, Ripple, and Ripple Network?

  • XRP is the native token and the ticker symbol of the XRP Ledger. 
  • XRP Ledger is the distributed consensus ledger. 
  • Ripple (formerly known as Ripple Labs) is the company behind Ripple Network. 
  • Ripple Network is a global network payment built on top of the XRP Ledger 

How Is the XRP Ledger Network Secured?

Unlike Bitcoin or Ethereum, the XRPL uses a unique Federated Consensus mechanism as its method of validating transactions. Transactions are confirmed on the XRPL through a consensus protocol, in which designated independent servers called validators come to an agreement on the order and outcome of XRP transactions. All servers in the network process each transaction according to the same rules, and any transaction that follows the protocol is confirmed right away. All transactions are public and transparent, and anyone can operate a validator. There are currently over 150 validators on the ledger, operated by universities, exchanges, businesses, and individuals around the world. Through the Federated Consensus mechanism, all verified transactions can be processed without a single point of failure, as no single participant makes a decision independently.

Where Can You Buy XRP?

You can buy, trade and deposit XRP tokens at the LCX exchange. The trading pairs for XRP tokens are: XRP/EUR, XRP/LCX, and XRP/USDC

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