Helium's HNT Crypto Token Slides to 2-Month Low After Binance.US Delisting Announcement

The token will be delisted from Binance's U.S. exchange on March 21.

AccessTimeIconMar 15, 2023 at 4:44 p.m. UTC
Updated Mar 15, 2023 at 5:54 p.m. UTC

Helium’s HNT token dropped to its lowest level in two months on Wednesday after crypto exchange Binance.US said it will delist the cryptocurrency on March 21.

The token has lost 20% in the past 24 hours and was recently trading at $2. The delisting, announced Monday, comes ahead of Helium’s migration to the Solana blockchain from its own blockchain.

One-year price chart for the HNT token. (Messari)
One-year price chart for the HNT token. (Messari)

The Helium Network is a decentralized grid of wireless hot spots that aims to provide an alternative to hard-wired internet or mobile data service. The services are powered by cryptocurrencies, and users who participate in the network receive rewards for doing so. HNT is earned when hot spots provide and validate wireless coverage and transfer data over the network.

“While the Helium Foundation is disappointed that Binance.US has decided to take this action in advance of the migration, we understand their position,” the foundation said. “Helium’s migration to Solana is significant, and a first for the industry – on par with Ethereum’s transition from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake.”

The foundation said the transition to Solana is proceeding as planned. The migration takes effect on March 27.

The move comes after the project’s initial exponential growth in adoption slowed and it suffered accusations of lying about key partnerships and its profitability. Founder Amir Haleem responded in a tweet thread saying Helium doesn't have any commercial relationships with entities using the network. Rather, it “evangelizes[s] the network” to help them develop applications.

HNT will remain listed on Binance’s international exchange.


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