United States cryptocurrency exchange Binance US, which operates separately from the global Binance platform, has officially opened its trading services to residents of Connecticut.
Beginning Jan. 20, Connecticut residents can register to buy, sell and trade digital assets such as Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) on the Binance US platform, the company announced Thursday. Residents will also have access to the Binance US mobile app on Android and Apple devices.
Binance US launched in 2019 to provide regulated crypto trading services to residents of the United States. Currently, the trading platform is approved to operate in 44 U.S. states and intends to secure approvals across all 50 states and territories.
Binance US CEO Brian Shroder said his firm’s expansion reflects the growing demand for digital assets in the country. A new survey of Americans conducted by crypto platform Voyager Digital seems to corroborate that view. According to the survey, nearly two-thirds, or 61%, of Americans may purchase digital assets this year. Fifty percent of the survey participants said they would invest more in cryptocurrencies if they understood the asset class better.
Meanwhile, separate data from Arcane Research shows that the United States is dominating the Bitcoin trading arena. So far this year, U.S. trading hours account for 43% of Bitcoin’s average 24-hour trading volumes.
As Cointelegraph reported, Binance US is eyeing a “mega funding” deal through an initial public offering. Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao expressed confidence in the U.S. firm’s ability to raise the funds even after investors reportedly backed out a similar initiative last summer over regulatory concerns.