WeBank, the world’s leading digital bank, has been featured in the Digital Lending Can Turn the Dial on Financial Access for MSMEs report, recently published by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) and Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The report recognizes WeBank’s performance of delivering Openhive-based distributed digital banking services to ensure a secure, fast and exceptional digital customer experience for MSMEs (micro, small and medium-sized enterprises).
The report reveals how digital banking customers have direct access to manage their banking needs, usually accessible through mobile phones, instead of relying on a teller in traditional bank branches. WeBank’s online and unsecured MSEMs loan service “Weiyedai” is a typical case.
An efficient core banking system is the cornerstone of a well-functioned digital bank. Behind the branchless service, WeBank’s distributed core banking system is working consistently. Starting from its inception, WeBank has adopted fully distributed technologies to build the first distributed core banking system in China. Because of its similarity to the natural beehive, WeBank calls this set of financial-grade distributed technologies Openhive.
While serving hundreds of millions of individual customers and MSMEs, Openhive enables WeBank to be flexible and scalable to support over 1 billion daily peak transactions. Its record time from new product ideation to live launch is 10 days. The Openhive-based core banking system also leads to affordable equipment and maintenance costs, no branch operation costs and low labor costs. Thus, the bank is enabled to provide 24×7 seamless services (over 99.999% product availability) to a rapidly growing customer base. Its annual IT operation and maintenance cost per account is only 0.3 US dollars/year, roughly one-tenth of the industry average. With the cost-effective banking system, WeBank is able to navigate the innovative path of sustainable inclusive finance.
Besides the successful case of WeBank, the Openhive solution has been adopted by top digital banks in Southeast Asia. Openhive enables them to build distributed core banking systems that could support sustainable inclusive finance to their longtail unbanked and underbanked market. By unleashing the power of collaboration with leading-edge technologies, Openhive is enabling innovators to achieve more.
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