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Solana [SOL] suffered a loss in volume, should Binance be blamed

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Solana, is an emerging Layer 1 blockchain designed to facilitate smart contracts and the creation of new decentralized applications (DApps). When looking at the top 10 ‘fastest developing assets’ by analyzing developer contributions and activity, Solana bagged second place.

In addition, Solana in the NFT market space showcased a promising statistic as compared to the king altcoin, ETH. Despite such impressive figures, there still were some missing elements.

Still missing a SO(u)L

Solana’s native token. SOL hasn’t been showcasing much in terms of price action lately. As per CoinMarketCap, SOL suffered a fresh 3.5% correction as it traded around the $95 mark. The current choppy market sentiment resulted in substantial liquidation of both long and short orders, with short orders outnumbering long orders by more than 80%.

Out of the total sum of $257.5M, Solana comprised roughly $3.30M as per the graph attached below.

Source: CoinGlass

In addition to this, Solana volumes have been falling since about early April. Notably, a fall in volumes this month is not the best sign of rising user adoption. This is evident in the graph attached below.

Source: Santiment

What led to this fall? 

Well, one event could explain this free fall. Binance, the largest crypto exchange, on 29 April, announced the suspension of withdrawals from the Solana (SOL) network. The exchange further stated,

“This is due to high withdrawal volume generated with blank transaction IDs. Once confirmed that the on-chain transactions failed, the corresponding withdrawal requests would be rejected. The entire process takes at least four hours.”

This development marked the second time Binance will be halting withdrawals for Solana this month. On 7 April 2022, Binance announced that it would suspend withdrawal for Solana because of a network glitch experienced at the time.

Solana is currently the sixth-largest cryptocurrency by market cap at $31.7 billion. In the past 24 hours, it recorded a trading volume of over $1 billion, with more than $160 million of that in the SOL/USDT pair on Binance. Needless to say, the said blockade would directly affect the flagship network and its native token in some way.

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Shubham is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. A Master's graduate in Accounting and Finance, Shubham's writings mainly focus on crypto-regulations across the United States and Europe. Also, a die-hard Chelsea fan #KTBFFH.

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