Citi Says Solana Blockchain Activity Remains High

Active addresses and daily NFT trading volume have returned to levels last seen before the collapse of crypto exchange FTX, a report from the bank said.

AccessTimeIconJan 13, 2023 at 12:22 p.m. UTC
Updated Jan 13, 2023 at 4:14 p.m. UTC

Activity on the Solana blockchain remains high, even though an estimated 50 million solana (SOL) tokens are locked in crypto exchange FTX’s Chapter 11 proceedings, Citi Research said in a report Thursday.

That has sharply reduced the circulating supply of the cryptocurrency and has increased the uncertainty regarding the blockchain’s future, the report said.

“However, several key metrics such as active addresses and daily non-fungible-token (NFT) volume have returned to pre-FTX-collapse levels, potentially indicating comfort from some users on the chain,” analysts from Citi Research led by Joseph Ayoub wrote.

Citi says developers have remained active on the blockchain as the tokens of a new project called Bonk were airdropped to solana holders last week. An airdrop is when free tokens are sent to wallet addresses to promote adoption of a new cryptocurrency.

Solana’s main challenge is incentivizing users and developers to stay, the note said, observing that DeGods, its largest NFT collection, left the chain last month, citing doubts about the network's future.

Through the end of last year, Solana's token underwent a “slow burn lower” before slumping as much as 20% on Dec. 29. The next day, Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin expressed his support for the blockchain, causing SOL's price to almost double in the following weeks, with about $550 million of short liquidations over the same period, the note added.


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