The Cardano network remains one of the most stable blockchains in the crypto space. Founded in 2017, the network remains the largest proof of stake network in the industry. It holds the title for the proof of stake network with the highest amount of coins staked, only recently conceding to Solana to become the smart contracts platform with the second-largest amount of coins staked.
Nevertheless, Cardano remains a force to be reckoned with and its latest achievement has shown that. Network activity has picked up on the network since the launch of smart contracts capability. Now, a little over two months after, the network has marked its 20 millionth transaction after only four years in operation.
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Cardano Remains At The Top
The project has done some impressive things in its four years of operation, one of which is barely experiencing any downtime. Most projects in the market have experienced downtime at some point. Most notably the Solana network blackout that saw the network go dark for about 24 hours. Cardano itself has experienced downtime which occurred in April but it lasted for only an hour and was over so quickly that a good portion of the community does not know this happened.
Despite the lack of decentralized exchanges (DEXes) on the blockchain, it has managed to ramp up more activity than leading smart contracts platform Ethereum. Users can mint NFTs on Cardano, which has contributed greatly to this increased network activity. However, given that Ethereum has DEXes and NFT capability, this is an incredible feat for Cardano.
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With this, Cardano has proven that it will be one of the leading DeFi platforms once decentralized finance takes off properly on the platform. ADALend, credited as the first lending protocol on the platform, is building its decentralized lending protocol on Cardano, which has been positively received by the community so far.
How ADA Is Doing In The Market
Cardano’s native token ADA has not had the best of weeks in the market recently. The digital asset had been the victim of major FUD that has seen its price sink to three-month lows. This has mostly been the result of crypto exchange eToro announcing that it would be limiting Cardano (ADA) capabilities for U.S. users on the platform starting in December.
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The token had taken a big hit following this, dropping down to the $1.4 range before picking up steam again. Despite the recovery, the coin continues to trade at about $50% less than its all-time high above $3 in September.
Dropping prices have however not affected the amount of tokens being staked on the network. Cardano still maintains over 70% of its total supply staked by holders, one of the largest in the space.
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