The past month was one of much anticipation, as the Cardano community worldwide waited for smart contracts deployment to finally activate on the network’s mainnet. Amidst bouts of FUD and criticism, the Alonzo hard fork combinator event finally took place yesterday, bringing in “an epochal moment in the birth of a new ecosystem.”
In the early hours of September 13, InputOutputHK, the company behind Cardano, posted an update confirming that the hard fork was a success. In an optimistic blog post celebrating the event, the IOHK blog portrayed how the future looks for the growing blockchain network. It stated that this is just the beginning of what it has been trying to achieve. Further, as mentioned in the blog,
“This is where the mission truly begins as we – the whole community – start delivering on the vision we have all been working towards for so long.”
Outlining the growth of the ecosystem, the post revealed that wallets staking ADA, Cardano’s native cryptocurrency, stood at 825,755 at the time of writing, noting a 35% increase since June. Moreover, the total value delegated to take pools was valued at $59.8 billion at the time of writing, which amounted to 71.4% percent of the total ADA supply.
The birth of Cardano’s developer ecosystem is also worth noting, as many projects are at different stages of launching on the network. IOHK revealed that 150 projects are developing concepts on Cardano’s Project Catalyst innovation program, and around 800 projects have applied for $4 million worth of funding. Apart from developers learning the Plutus language used for Cardano’s smart contracts, IOHK elaborated that,
“Scores of projects have and readiness. Hundreds of projects have been actively working on the various Cardano testnets and privately-hosted solutions.”
The ecosystem map above is “a beautiful vista” of what the future holds for the top network. It is no secret however that Cardano is still in its early stage of development and the network is bound to face some difficulties going forward.
The IOHK blog also pointed out the inevitability of imperfect user service, issues in dApp deployment, and bad actors resorting to hacks, scams, and such. It even pointed out to Ethereum, to show how networks take time to pick up. It stated,
“Cardano watchers may be expecting a sophisticated ecosystem of consumer-ready DApps available immediately after the upgrade. Expectations need to be managed here. We should remember that another well-known blockchain project which launched in July 2015 had to wait over two years before its first DApp gained real user traction.”
Ethereum remains the premier industry standard for smart contracts and dApps despite its high gas fee, and Cardano might have some catching up to do.
In any case, the road ahead seems a busy one for the network. As the hard fork’s network effects take place, IOHK aims optimize the platform and adjust its performance, while refining pricing parameters based on usage patterns. It will also look at the developer community and the Cardano Improvement Proposal (CIP) process to streamline user requirements and increase capabilities.
Further, IOHK has an aim of widening its developer base through introducing new bridges, sidechains, and other layer 2 solutions even as Plutus will remain its native language.
In a video released a couple of days ahead of HFC event, Hoskinson had also outlined a similar vision for the network, adding that,
“A few weeks later, the latest and greatest version of the Plutus application backend will be released and we’ll have the [Cardano 2021] summit. And there will be a huge spotlight on the ecosystem as a whole. That will be a great event.”
He did say that on the 13th, however, the network could be facing a greater amount of “load as people play around with things and test things and that’s fine.”
The founder wasn’t wrong, as ADA’s price has plunged dramatically since last night. The run-up to the main event saw the token touching new highs of just over $3 and reaching the 3rd position in terms of market cap. The coin has tanked 8.8% in just the past day though. As with every bull run, however, a pullback is an unsaid accompaniment. Additionally, it could just be the effects of huger market corrections, as Bitcoin was seen trading in the red at press time.
Here’s how Cardano [ADA] plans to offer NFT creators an eco-friendly solution
Ever since the debate of energy consumption sparked this year, Cardano [ADA] has been at the forefront of exploring eco-friendly solutions for the industry. In line with this, IOG, which happens to be the technical team behind Cardano, has announced the joint creation of an official cross-chain ‘bridge’ with the NFT platform, Bondly.
The bridge in question will connect the Cardano and Ethereum networks and enable non-fungible token [NFT] creators to opt for an eco-friendly alternative for their NFTs. According to Bondly, the project will be four million times more energy-efficient than Bitcoin [BTC]. The NFT creators will be able to easily move their NFTs from the “energy-intensive Ethereum” to Cardano. Bondly also revealed that the latter “will only ever use the energy equivalent of a family home.”
Meanwhile, Ethereum has been known to use the power equivalent to the nation of Qatar. Bitcoin, on the other hand, has been at the centre of this debate for a long time. The increasing concern about potential environmental impact has always followed the rise of the prices of these cryptocurrencies. And the 2021 bull run was no different. As a matter of fact, the partnership comes at the backdrop of a major NFT explosion that has witnessed several well-known faces hopping on the bandwagon.
NFT bridge between Ethereum and Cardano
With the new bridge, the NFT creators will be able to mint or transfer non-fungible tokens without the risks associated with lost transactions or sudden high costs since Cardano provides price predictability as well as stability for transaction costs.
As part of the joint project that is slated to release in early 2022, Bondly is tasked with the development of a special series of eco-friendly NFTs celebrating the launch of smart contracts on Cardano.
According to Harry Liu, CEO, Bondly, the latest project of a cross-chain NFT bridge between Ethereum and Cardano marks a “pivotal moment” in the transformation from traditional blockchain technology to highly-anticipated ‘third generation’ networks.
Following the development, Charles Hoskinson, Founder of Cardano and CEO of IO Global, stated,
“We built Cardano with energy efficiency in mind, which is why this partnership with Bondly is so crucial, as it will allow NFT creators access to a leading solution for token creation which doesn’t compromise on environmental credentials.”
Bullish for Cardano?
Cardano [ADA] might have lost the third spot to Binance Coin [BNB], but the slew of developments taking place in its ecosystem could help boost its price movement. The much-awaited summit last month saw some of the most crucial partnerships.
Crypto Economy had earlier reported its partnership with Oasis Pro Market, which happens to be the first-ever United States regulated multi-asset Alternative Trading System [ATS], to bridge the traditional finance sector and decentralized finance [DeFi]. During the same event, Hoskinson had revealed another major partnership with the American Fortune 250 company, the Dish Network.
Cardano, Polkadot and Four Additional Altcoins Are Set To Explode in 2022, According to Crypto Trader Austin Arnold
Crypto trader and Altcoin Daily host Austin Arnold thinks six major altcoins are gearing up for massive rallies in the next year.
In a recent crypto update, the YouTube star tells his 1,040,000 subscribers that Ethereum layer-2 (L2) scaling solution Polygon (MATIC) is gaining momentum after landing a partnership with the $20 billion gambling company DraftKings.a
Arnold shares a statement from DraftKings’ president of global product and technology, Paul Liberman, explaining how the company is positioning itself to grow alongside Polygon.
“Although DraftKings marketplace is still in its nascency, we are bullish on the possibilities that blockchain, NFTs, cryptocurrency and more will present as we prepare for Web 3.0 alongside Polygon and the new innovations ahead for digital collectibles.”
Next, Arnold looks at the decentralized interoperability platform Polkadot (DOT). He points to a recent tweet from Polkadot founder Gavin Wood explaining that there are currently just under 19 million DOT tokens stored in the DOT treasury to fund community projects.
If any DOT goes unused, it gets burned. Currently, the Polkadot treasury is burning 239,988 tokens every month, according to Gavin Wood.
“Either burned or used, the DOT token is only getting more scarce. We have seen a rally in the DOT price recently. This could be linked to some exciting developments ahead, such as the upcoming parachain launch and slot auctions – these parachain auctions will take DOT off the market as well.
And with the first 11 parachain auctions coming to Polkadot next month, along with the 100 or so available slots to be filled, this could boost Polkadot’s presence in the crypto sector, and could cement the multichain system’s rising status.”
The third coin Arnold looks at is the supply chain management protocol VeChain (VET). The trader highlights that VeChain recently landed a partnership with major logistics company DHL for enterprise NFT (non-fungible token) issuance.
“This collaboration with DHL China, one of the first things it will allow customers to experiment with is customize the DHL mascot and then mint it as NFTs on the VeChainThor blockchain solution.”
Next up is the smart contract platform Cardano (ADA). Arnold notes that Cardano appears to be gaining more traction after landing partnerships with television satellite provider DISH and announcing that the network has received $100 million for investment in Cardano-focused projects in Africa.
“Simply put, there are so many people in more developing areas of the world that don’t have financial stability, and that can be changed with Cardano with blockchain.”
Another coin on Arnold’s list is the decentralized oracle network Chainlink (LINK). He notes that despite the token’s lackluster performance over the last few months, he believes there is still massive upside for LINK to realize in the market as partnerships continue to rise month-over-month, with 84 integrations made just in September.
“I get it, but in my opinion, Chainlink still has a lot of room to grow. Think about this: Chainlink already has a ton of exclusive, big partnerships with big companies – Google and Oracle to name two – over 75 different blockchains already use Chainlink technology, as well as being used by many data feeds, including USD [US dollar] currency pairs. That’s a strong foundation.
My speculation is this: over these next few years, as DApp [decentralized application] platforms like Ethereum [ETH], Cardano, Solana [SOL], Polkadot, Elrond [EGLD], etc. continue to fight for market share… Chainlink is integrating with all of them… Something to think about.”
Finally, the crypto trader thinks that the leading smart contract platform Ethereum is gearing up for a huge 2022. He notes that Ethereum developers announced that ETH is planning to make the transition into Ethereum 2.0 in May-June of 2022, which will convert the blockchain to a proof-of-stake protocol.
“The code should be ready around February 2022. The merge to mainnet, to ETH 2.0, in June of 2022 at the earliest. Next year will be known as the year of ETH. That’s where DeFi [decentralized finance] is, that’s where NFTs are.”
Analysts affirm Cardano will outperform Bitcoin and Ethereum given ADA’s enhanced scalability
- Binance coin replaced Cardano as the third-largest cryptocurrency.
- Over 70% of ADA supply remains staked.
- With institutional investment flows to Cardano, proponents expect ADA market capitalization to recover.
- Cryptocurrency analysts expect Cardano to outperform Bitcoin and Ethereum based on ADA price trends.
Charles Hoskinson, Cardano founder, made an effort to dampen Cardano’s negativity and uncertainty and the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Hoskinson broadcasted from South Africa and shared potential opportunities for the Cardano Foundation.
Analysts expect Cardano to outperform Bitcoin with updates in the ecosystem
In his recent broadcast from Africa, Charles Hoskinson shared how the rising uncertainty in cryptocurrencies puzzled him. Hoskinson believes that Cardano has met every single milestone on its roadmap.
The Cardano network has never suffered an outage, and the founder reassures users about ADA’s current plans. Cardano is focused on enhancing scalability.
The Plutus Application Backend (PAB) launch is set to ensure scalability on the network. It is scheduled for later this month. Once Cardano improves scalability, more users are expected to join the network.
Cardano is working on another exciting development in the roadmap, layer-2 scaling solution Hydra. Alongside Plutus, Mamba Pool, Atala Prism and Mithral, Hydra’s development is underway.
Fourteen teams are working on different elements within the Cardano ecosystem. Hydra is expected to process transactions on the Cardano network in an efficient manner. Since most transactions will be processed off-chain, Hydra will use the Cardano blockchain to secure settlement.
The Hydra protocol is currently under extensive testing.
Despite the upcoming updates in the Cardano ecosystem, ADA’s market capitalization dropped, and the altcoin no longer ranks among the top three cryptocurrencies. The percentage of ADA tokens staked remains stable above 70%; analysts are bullish on the altcoin as supply under circulation remains relatively low.
There is a spike in institutional investment in ADA. Over $3 million capital flowed to ADA-based funds in the past week, according to a Coinshares report.
Austin Hilton, a cryptocurrency analyst and YouTuber, has set a $15 target for ADA price. Hilton states,
Cardano could hit $15 by the end of this bull run that we are all looking at. It’s set to end in kind of February-March time frame.
FXStreet analysts have evaluated the ADA price trend and predicted that the altcoin’s price is bound for profit-taking. Analysts set a target of $1.70 for the altcoin.