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Avalanche releases new Banff4 update; analyzing the effects on AVAX  

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After a not-so-exciting week, can this new update do any good for AVAX? 

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  • Avalanche released a new network update that came with several upgrades 
  • AVAX’s volume went up last week, but sales declined 

Avalanche [AVAX] released its latest network update on 10 December, which brought several upgrades to the blockchain. The new update, named Banff 4, came with new network optimizations to reduce the node’s bandwidth usage and prepare for the launch of cross-subnet messaging.

This version (v1.9.4) is backwards compatible with v1.9.0. Though it is optional, the developers have recommended that users download it.

Read Avalanche’s [AVAX] Price Prediction 2023-2024

Avalanche had an interesting week

AVAX Daily, a popular Twitter handle that posts about the latest developments in the Avalanche ecosystem, recently published the network’s weekly stats. These stats pointed out a few interesting data points.

For instance, AVAX registered double-digit growth in its volume over the past week. This was a positive development. As per the tweet, the coin’s volume increased by over 14%. However, despite the uptick, AVAX’s sales went down by 5%.

Avalanche’s weekly chart performance was also not up to par, as it registered negative gains. As per CoinMarketCap, at press time, AVAX was trading at $13.44 with a market capitalization of over $4.1 billion. A look at AVAX’s on-chain metrics gave a better understanding of what went wrong last week.

Were metrics to blame?

Surprisingly, Santiment’s chart revealed that despite massive gains in volume, AVAX’s volume consistently decreased over the last week. Not only that, AVAX also dipped in popularity, as its social dominance declined as well.

Source: Santiment

However, AVAX’s development activity increased, but this can be attributed to the latest update. This was a positive development because it reflected the developers’ increased efforts to improve the blockchain.

Avalanche also received quite some interest from the derivatives market as its Binance funding rate went up after registering a decline on 8 December 2022. 

Source: Santiment


Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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