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Satoshi Citadel Industries 'Completing the Bitcoin Ecosystem in the Philippines'...

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The Philippines' first Bitcoin exchange, Buybitcoin.ph, has been sold to resident universal Bitcoin service Satoshi Citadel Industries (SCI) with a view to expanding remittances in the country.

SCI, whose founders include Coinify's Lasse Birk Olesen, has extensively developed the Philippines' Bitcoin ecosystem, and the acquisition sees it establish a presence in all stages of consumer involvement. The company formally announced the news in a press release and Twitter confirmation Monday.

"The biggest technical roadblock for widespread Bitcoin adoption in the Philippines are the same roadblocks for widespread adoption elsewhere. Our main goal is still to increase awareness and adoption of the technology. By joining SCI, I am confident that we can achieve this."

The bolstering of SCI's product portfolio, which also includes Merchant services provider Bitmarket.ph, fellow exchange Coinage and remittance service Rebit, comes in tandem with Kaddoura's appointment as the startup's chief financial officer. Olesen will focus on European relations, while fellow BuyBitcoin.ph co-founder James Florentino will continue to head product operations.

"This acquisition brings us closer to our goal of completing the Bitcoin ecosystem in the Philippines," SCI CEO John Bailon stated in the press release. "BuyBitcoin.ph is a great first-touch product for consumers, and even more valuable is the addition of great minds in Sam, James, and Lasse."

Olesen's Coinify project in Europe meanwhile continues to progress apace. Having secured considerable backing in a much-discussed funding round last year, the merchant service has expanded to include integration with brands such as Shopify and Hungry.dk in its native Denmark.

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