Riot Continues Its Second Phase of Transformation with New Purchase of 2,500 S19 Pro Antminers from Bitmain for December 2020 delivery, Announces Receipt and Deployment of Previously Ordered S19 Pro miners

CASTLE ROCK, Colo., Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) (“Riot”, “Riot Blockchain” or the “Company”), continues its operational expansion with the purchase of an additional 2,500 next generation S19 Pro Antminer (110 TH/s) cryptocurrency miners for USD $6.1 million from BitmainTech PTE. LTD. (“Bitmain”), scheduled for receipt and deployment delivery in December 2020. 

As part of Riot’s focus on the transformational expansion of its mining operations, it has opted to take advantage of new S19 Pro production capacity from its partner Bitmain by purchasing these 2,500 additional S19 Pro miners, with delivery scheduled to occur before the end of the year. With this purchase, the Company expects to reach 842 PH/s in operational hash rate with 9,540 miners deployed by late December 2020. This represents an increase of approximately 50% over Riot’s previous estimate of its deployed hash rate as of the end of 2020.

Combined with the previously disclosed purchases of Bitmain S19 Pro Antminers, the Company now expects to achieve a total hash rate capacity of 2.3 EH/s by June 2021, with 22,640 total miners deployed. As far as the Company is aware, no other publicly traded bitcoin mining company has disclosed a hashing capacity exceeding 2 EH/s.

Hash Rate Growth

In line with the Company’s previously announced purchase of 13,100 S19 Pro Antminers from Bitmain, Riot expects to receive and deploy new miners every month starting this month and continuing through June 2021. When completed and combined with the Company’s existing fleet, the Company expects to have 22,640 miners deployed, the vast majority being the next-generation S19 Pro

$1.6B USD in government savings bonds were successfully sold within a week of launch

BANGKOK, Thailand, Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — SIBOS — IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Bank of Thailand (BOT), the central bank, has successfully launched the world’s first blockchain-based platform for government savings bonds issuing a total of $1.6B USD within two weeks.

IBM Corporation logo. (PRNewsfoto/IBM)
IBM Corporation logo. (PRNewsfoto/IBM)

Leveraging blockchain technology on the highly secured IBM Cloud, the platform allows investors to benefit from speedy bond issuance, reducing a process that previously took 15 days to two days. The efficiency provided by blockchain also reduces operational complexity and the overall cost of issuing bonds.

According to The Thai Bond Market Association, the outstanding Thai bond market stood at $421B USD as of December 2019. Government bonds dominate the Thai market, with outstanding value of $157B USD in 2019 1, accounting for 37% of the total outstanding Thai bond market.

In the past, the sale of government savings bonds was a complex, multiparty, time-consuming process that relied on a non-real-time system, with duplicated validation steps and manual reconciliation prone to data errors.

As blockchain technology streamlines the processes of bond issuance for issuers, underwriters, registrars, investors and key ecosystem participants, the government savings bond platform now becomes an immutable, real-time single source of truth for network participants, which minimizes the redundant validation and reduces the costs of reconciliation. In addition, Thai investors can now purchase bonds up to the maximum value of their individual allocated quota from a single bank.

The effort to develop a secure and efficient government bond infrastructure involved collaboration among eight institutions including BOT, Public Debt Management Office, Thailand Securities Depository Co., Ltd, Thai Bond Market Association and selling-agent banks, including Bangkok Bank, Krungthai Bank, Kasikorn Bank, and Siam Commercial Bank,

Three of the most prolific enterprise blockchain builders shared a virtual stage last week as they delved into the inner workings of how they use the technology popularized by bitcoin. Unlike your typical blockchain and cryptocurrency event, the trio—Mariana Gomez de la Villa of Dutch bank ING Group, Jennifer Peve of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corp. (DTCC) and Xue Wang from the second-largest bank in the world, China Construction Bank—spoke directly to senior-level executives at some of the largest companies in the world, sharing best practices on how to use the technology that some believe is a threat to their very survival.

The panel, Enterprise Blockchain Leaders: Tales From The Crypto, was just a small part of a larger event hosted by Forbes about our annual Blockchain 50 list of billion-dollar companies investing serious capital in the technology, and the platforms they’re using. 

Ripple chief architect David Schwartz joined Axoni founder Greg Schvey and Hyperledger vice president Daniela Barbosa to talk about best practices of the companies they’ve seen building on their platforms, followed by a chat between ConsenSys founder Joe Lubin and R3 cofounder Todd McDonald about how the platforms their companies build on—Ethereum and Corda respectively—could change the very fabric of what central banks consider money.

Beyond the management tips though, two executives shared never-before-seen documents about how they vet projects and manage stakeholders, and every company has either already given away the code at the core of their projects or plans to do so. Since blockchain is only as

KEY POINTS

  • Two blockchain bills were introduced and incorporated into the Consumer Safety Technology Act
  • The bills aim to study the use of blockchain to fight fraud
  • The bills also instruct relevant departments to ensure that the United States remains as a key leader in the blockchain space

Two blockchain-related bills introduced by Rep. Darren Sotto, D-FL, were rolled into another bill called the Consumer Safety Technology Act, which sets out the rules, instructions and guidelines on how to use blockchain technology to combat fraud while at the same time ensuring that the United States remains a leader in the blockchain space.

The two acts — the Digital Taxonomy Act and Blockchain Innovation Act — filed by Rep. Sotto was incorporated into the Consumer Safety Technology Act which, according to news outlet Decrypt. It is concerned about protecting the public against digital asset-related scam and the fighting of fraud through the use of blockchain.

As a standalone bill, the Digital Taxonomy Act requires the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to train and allocate resources to identify and guard against deceptive practices involving digital tokens. It also instructs the commission to produce a report to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation discussing the efforts it took to combat digital assets-related fraud.

Citing that blockchain is important to American innovation, it instructs the FTC to provide recommendations so that the United States will remain competitive in the field.

The second bill called the Blockchain Innovation Act requires the Secretary of Commerce to produce, in collaboration with FTC and other departments, a report on how to use blockchain to fight fraud.

According to Rep. Sotto, blockchain has an incredible potential for innovation and economic growth.

“I believe our government needs to support that growth,