A technology-savvy German bank's plan to open a branchless banking platform in the U.S. could eventually pave the way for more mainstream use of cryptocurrency platforms, such as Ripple and Bitcoin.

Fidor has not released a detailed mix of products it will offer in the U.S., but it's one of the first and still one of the few banks to embrace cryptocurrency, working with Bitcoin startups, including bitcoin.de, a German Bitcoin exchange and Ripple. The bank's Web 2.0 service, which is central to Fidor's U.S. expansion plans, includes a real time international money transaction network which can be implemented through Ripple. The bank also has about 30 business clients that operate in cryptocurrency.

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