29 May

PayPal has revealed its decision to adopt the Solana blockchain for expanding its stablecoin, PayPal USD (PYUSD), marking a significant departure from its previous reliance on the Ethereum ecosystem.

The move is aimed at facilitating transactions at a reduced cost and promoting the use of PYUSD as a convenient payment method for everyday purchases. This announcement coincides with Solana's SOL token rising to become the fifth-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, with projections from Franklin Templeton indicating its potential to become the third major crypto asset alongside Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Jose Fernandez da Ponte, Senior VP of PayPal's blockchain division, emphasizes that integrating with Solana's blockchain for PYUSD will offer "a fast, easy, and cost-effective payment solution," thereby enhancing consumer and merchant experiences within a growing digital economy.

Solana's blockchain technology boasts impressive capabilities, with 65,000 transactions per second and transaction costs as low as $0.0025. In contrast, Ethereum can handle about 15 transactions per second with fees ranging from $1 to $50 (especially during peak congestion). CoinGecko's recent study suggests that Solana's average transactions per second are 46 times faster than Ethereum.

This means that transactions on Solana can be completed in less than a minute, whereas similar transfers on Ethereum could take several minutes. Notably, Solana has experienced a surge in its usage as a network for stablecoin transfers over the past year, as indicated by a study conducted by Artemis.
According to PayPal, their users, along with Venmo wallet users, will enjoy a chain-agnostic experience for PYUSD. This means that their stablecoin balances will be consolidated regardless of the network where the assets are held. This seamless integration ensures that users can easily manage their stablecoin funds without concerns about the underlying blockchain infrastructure.

Despite its advantages, the Solana blockchain faces challenges, particularly regarding recurrent network outages. The most recent incident occurred in February when transactions were disrupted for nearly five hours. To tackle these issues and enhance Solana's overall reliability and scalability, an upgrade called Firedancer is set to be released in the coming months.

May 2024, Cryptoniteuae

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