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  • Ethereum was the focal point of a possible Visa collaboration to aid auto payments and account abstraction
  • While ETH deposits climbed, transaction count decreased

Payment processing network Visa beckoned that it wished to partner with Ethereum [ETH] in the near future, according to its recent research paper. The time of release might come as shocking to many, especially as billions of dollars continue to be wiped out of the crypto market.

However, Visa is not new to the crypto market. The firm was one of the first few traditional platforms that recognized the need for blockchain technology. 

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What’s with Ethereum and ERC-20?

In January 2022, Visa explored the road to Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs). But for Catherine Gu, Visa’s infrastructure lead and complete integration with the crypto ecosystem was an unavoidable path for the company.

Not minding the turbulent market condition, Gu admitted that the company had done its research. She further noted that Vitalik Buterin’s 2015 public opinion on account abstraction influenced its decisions in choosing Ethereum. 

According to the paper, Visa aims to provide a self-custodial wallet with the help of the Proof-of-Stake (PoS) blockchain. It also pointed out that it was pushing for automatic payments via the Ethereum blockchain and ERC-20 smart contract would play a significant role.

For Visa, the crypto ecosystem would be a formidable part of the payment and banking terrain. Defending its position on this what users would benefit, the blog post said,

“Our solution of delegable accounts can be extended to support all kinds of pull payments in general, and moreover third-party account recovery services where multiple parties must consent to initiate an account recovery, third party asset managers with restrictions on the specific Ethereum Request for Comments (ERC) tokens which they can manage, and how they can trade these tokens, and more.”

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Picking up the chains

With regards to Ethereum on-chain ranking, Glassnode showed that the supply concentration with regards to smart contracts resisted considerable growth.

Since it decreased to 25.63%, it meant that Ethereum found it challenging to achieve even distribution. Therefore, staking activities have declined especially as the ETH price has been encouraging. 

Ethereum supply in smart contracts

Source: Glassnode

Following the announcement, Ethereum active addresses registered an increase. According to Santiment, addresses active on the network in the last 24 hours had climbed to 384,000.

This indicated an improvement in unique ETH deposits. However, transaction count within the same Ethereum network has been dreadful. At press time, the number of transactions had dipped to 353,000.

This represented a massive fall from 986,000 on 19 December, meaning the altcoin underperformed in the bid to attract holders to trade.

Ethereum active addresses and transaction count

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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