Aussie stock exchange abandons blockchain plans, leaving $170M hole

Aussie stock exchange abandons blockchain plans, leaving $170M hole

The long-anticipated plans by the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) to use blockchain to bring its clearing and settlements system into the 21st century have just been canceled.

In a Nov. 17 statement, ASX announced it had paused all current activities of its “CHESS replacement project” following an independent review from technology consulting firm Accenture, which identified “significant challenges with the solution design and its ability to meet ASX’s requirements,” stating:

“Current activities on the project have been paused while ASX revisits the solution design.”

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For the last five years, ASX had been working on a Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) solution that would replace its 25-year-old Clearing House Electronic Subregister System (CHESS) used to record shareholdings and manage transaction settlements.

Originally the system was slated for a 2020 launch,

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