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Cardano [ADA]: Layer 1 network launches first Hydra head as scalability war intensifies

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Cardano begins its sojourn into the Layer 2 world as it launches its first Hydra head to increase the network’s scalability and transaction speeds.

Cardano [ADA]: Layer 1 network launches first Hydra head as scalability war intensifies

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  • Cardano released its first Hydra head on its mainnet.
  • ADA holders continue to record losses as negative sentiment overruns the market.

As legacy Layer 1 (L1) blockchain networks strive to become more scalable, leading L1 blockchain Cardano announced the release of the first Hydra head on its mainnet.  This marks a major milestone for the network, paving the way for a new era of scalability on the chain. 

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According to Input Output Hong Kong (IOHK), the network’s developers, Hydra represents,

“a family of Layer 2 (L2) protocols designed to make Cardano more scalable and adaptable for various use cases that require fast and cheap transactions.” 

With the ability to make transactions cheaper and faster on the Cardano network, the launch of the first Hydra head is expected to significantly scale up Cardano’s transactions per second (TPS) to 1 million from the 250 it sat at before the release of Hydra. 

In addition, as decentralized finance (DeFi) projects launch on the L2 network, Cardano’s total value locked (TVL) is expected to climb even further.

As previously reported, Cardano’s TVL increased consistently over the last six months. According to the on-chain data provider Artemis, the seven-day moving average of the chain’s TVL was $154 million, a level last observed in May 2022.

As of this writing, Cardano’s TVL was $153.96 million, per data from DefiLlama.

Source: DefiLlama

State of ADA on-chain

At press time, ADA exchanged hands at $0.3911. Since the middle of April, the coin has posted a double-digit decline of 13%, falling from a high of $0.45 reached on 15 April. 

The decline in ADA’s value within this period could be partly attributable to a fall in its network activity. According to data from Santiment, the count of daily active addresses that traded the L1 coin during the period under review fell consistently by over 50%. 

Source: Santiment

With many of its holders still at a loss, negative sentiment continued to trail to ADA. The token’s MVRV ratio remained in negative territory since 27 April.

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At the time of writing, the ratio was recorded at -41.60%, meaning that if all ADA holders sold at its current value, they would incur losses on their investments.

Source: Santiment

Lastly, ADA’s Open Interests has dipped by 18% since 15 April. Still in a downtrend at press time, this showed that interest in trading ADA remained low, occasioning a reduced trading volume and increased volatility.

Source: Coinglass


Abiodun is a full-time journalist working with AMBCrypto. He is also a lawyer with over 2 years of experience. With a keen interest in blockchain technology and its limitless possibilities, Abiodun spends his time understanding the technology, building projects, and educating people about it.
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