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Solana launches new token extensions – Here are the details

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Here’s how token extensions are propelling the Solana protocol into the future of blockchain technology…

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  • Solana unveiled new token extensions in collaboration with major institutions
  • Extensions unlock new business standards and use cases on the Solana blockchain

Solana (SOL) has recently introduced a groundbreaking development in its ecosystemtoken extensions. This innovative feature, part of the network’s SPL token evolution, offers enhanced functionalities.  Additionally, it represents a significant advancement comparable to Ethereum’s (ETH) ERC-20 token standard. 

Solana’s 13 token extensions

On 24 January 2024, the network unveiled its 13 token extensions. Except for confidential transfers, all extensions are currently available for use. Confidential transfers will become accessible once the network adopts version 1.17, anticipated by February 2024.

The extensions represent a suite of turnkey solutions. They amalgamate the security and compliance controls of permissioned blockchain environments with the operational efficiency of public blockchains. This innovative approach significantly reduces the engineering time and resources required, positioning the network as a frontrunner in the public blockchain space. 

Why do Solana’s token extensions stand out?

Token extensions have varied use cases and can be tailored to cater to various industries, including stablecoins, real-world assets (RWA), and payments. Key features include transfer hooks, transfer fees, confidential transfers, permanent delegate authority, and non-transferability. 

These extensions allow for sophisticated token interactions, sustainable revenue models, encrypted transaction amounts, absolute token issuer authority, and credentialing capabilities, respectively.

Solana’s edge in the developer and enterprise arena

Anatoly Yakovenko, Co-founder and CEO of the network, emphasized the importance of token extensions in enhancing Solana’s integrated developer and user experience. He stated,

Token extensions build on the characteristics that make Solana the ideal destination for developers.”

Sheraz Shere, Head of Payments at the Solana Foundation, highlighted the network’s appeal to enterprise-grade companies looking to venture into the Web3 space. Shere noted that token extensions provide features crucial to large regulated enterprises, allowing compliance-friendly adoption of blockchain technology. 

Adoption by industry giants 

Industry leaders such as Paxos and Trust Company Inc. (GMO Trust) are already leveraging these extensions to issue stablecoins on the Solana blockchain. Paxos, a leading regulated blockchain infrastructure platform, expanded its stablecoin issuance to Solana in December 2023. 

Similarly, GMO Trust announced the first regulated Japanese yen stablecoin and a U.S. dollar stablecoin on the network, utilizing the token extensions for innovation and compliance.

As companies like Visa, Worldpay, Stripe, Google, and Shopify step forth to leverage Solana’s performance advantages, the network is poised to spearhead the next wave of blockchain innovation. Especially in the realm of Web3.


Kamina is a content writer at AMBCrypto. With a Journalism degree and MBA in International Business, she expertly navigates blockchain, crypto, and AI, melding her academic insights with future-forward interests to create compelling narratives that educate and inspire in the evolving digital landscape.
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