El Salvador President Says Half A Million Using New Bitcoin Wallet
There are now more than half a million people using El Salvador's bitcoin wallet, President Nayib Bukele announced
"We currently have more than half a million users (of the Chivo wallet)," Bukele tweeted late Monday.
The "Chivo Wallet" is an electronic application that Salvadorans can download -- earning a $30 equivalent sign-up bonus in the process -- to make cryptocurrency transactions.
Bukele added that the wallet's technical errors had mostly been resolved, and the software would be fully operational in days.
The initial rollout had met with difficulties as the Chivo software had crashed, with bitcoin losing some 17 percent of its value at one point.
The government says the project will give many Salvadorans access to banking services for the first time, and hopes it will shave millions off commissions on remittances, which account for more than a fifth of the country's GDP.
But experts and regulators have highlighted concerns about the cryptocurrency's notorious volatility, its potential impact on price inflation in a nation with high poverty and unemployment, and the lack of protection for users.