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XRP reacts in this manner as RippleX validates EVM Testnet

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  • Ripple updated its EVM sidechain development with access to the Testnet.
  • XRP’s network growth declined, but developers remained significantly active.

On 14 March, RippleX, the open platform of the Ripple [XRP] network, confirmed that its sidechain was available on its Testnet. Built on the XRP Ledger [XRPL], the Ethereum Virtual Machine [EVM] sidechain would enable 1000 transactions per second on the ledger.

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Contextually, the XRPL is a public blockchain led by Ripple’s developer community. The ledger is part of the ecosystem responsible for aiding asset transfer globally. So, now that the sidechain EVM Mainnet is approaching, cross-chain bridging could improve the network. 

The dream is edging close to reality

In September 2021, Ripple’s Chief Technology Officer David Schwartz passed the proposal of the EVM side chain to the Ripple community. He backed up the proposal by noting that developers could build their own blockchain on the XRPL Mainnet using smart contracts.

Following the public introduction, blockchain technology firm Peersyst released the first phase of the EVM sidechain in October 2022. While a few compatible bridges were developed at that time, the latest update serves as the second phase of the project.

The RippleX communique further mentioned:

“Phase two of the project, on track for early 2023, will feature a permissionless EVM sidechain and bridge with a unique design that connects to the XRPL Devnet to expand participation and test scalability within a controlled environment”

Interestingly, data available on the XRPL showed that 2,476,468 blocks had been created on the sidechain at press time. Additionally, 16,079 transactions had taken place among 179,045 addresses on the ledger. 

Ripple developers are answering the call despite…

In the intervening time, the XRP development activity ditched the downside and trended higher. Moreso, the development activity measures the contribution count of developers on a project regarding upgrades. At the time of writing, the metric was 2.52, verifying that Ripple developers were actively in operation.

XRP development activity and network growth

Source: Santiment

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However, the network growth did not portray similar strength. A simplification of this metric summarized the behavioral bias for adoption and the number of new addresses who have successfully transacted on the network. So, the condition down at 774 meant that XRP had been struggling despite investors who were gaining deep interest in the token.

Recently, Ripple’s CEO Brad Garlinghouse admitted that the blockchain-payment firm had exposure to Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). However, he cleared the air that it would never affect its operations. Thus, this EVM development could serve as concrete proof that the Ripple network was not significantly affected.


Victor Olanrewaju is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. Settled in Lagos, his fascination with blockchain technology and the cryptocurrency market arose out of his love of freedom and everything free. As a Nigerian, Victor understands the impact unfounded financial restrictions have on a population. He sees Bitcoin and cryptos as a way to circumvent these obstacles, as a tool for value creation despite all the setbacks. A graduate in Physics, Victor previously worked as a Senior Marketer at Melange Technologies. Before that, he dealt with crypto-marketers on a regular basis in his capacity as Copywriter at Ventrix Media. At AMBCrypto, Victor’s focus is on assessing the real effectiveness of both on-chain and off-chain developments on a project and its community sentiment.
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