Last week, Coin Rivet reported that the launch of the Shelley incentivised testnet was imminent, with approved users waiting to take part in the first steps of the protocol’s push for decentralisation.
Millions of ADA tokens have been staked so far, with the average pool staking almost 500,000 ADA each. At the time of writing, the Cardano Beta 7.0 participant pools have almost 70 million ADA staked, according to PoolTool.
Our incredible #CardanoCommunity have put in a remarkable effort this weekend, with over 240 pools (+ counting) getting ready for staking. Thank you. We'll let #ada holders know as soon as Reward wallets are available – sign up for alerts here https://t.co/fDjC3ORlYv 3/3 pic.twitter.com/Tp9M04p1FL
— Input Output (@InputOutputHK) December 15, 2019
To reach adequate decentralisation of the Cardano protocol, IOHK is aiming for a total of 1,000 pools on the network. To say that almost a quarter of this number has been reached before the completion of the testnet phase shows promise for the future of the protocol.
The latest developments have been focused on ‘Jormungandr’, which refers to the Shelley self-node testnet – the crucial first implementation of the wider Shelley decentralisation phase.
In a recent Periscope live stream, CEO of IOHK Charles Hoskinson discussed the issues that the IOHK and Cardano development teams faced whilst launching Jormungandr:
“It’s been a very long road, a heck of a lot of work getting all the pieces to talk to each other… more than fifty releases for Jormungandr in a very short period of time which has been very stressful… but we got through it. The stake pool dashboard is ready, the explorer looks good, and all the other pieces of infrastructure look amazing.”
The release of staking comes just over two years after the Cardano protocol’s initial release, in which time the protocol has faced a number of development deadline delays.
IOHK has attributed these delays to the complex nature and academic rigour of the protocol, which proponents of Cardano now believe will set it apart from other protocols.
Last week, the Cardano Foundation revealed that it would be working with internationally renowned Irish firm McCann Dublin to rebrand the protocol during 2020.
Exciting news! The Cardano Foundation strengthens Cardano’s brand identity with @mccanndublin in 2020.
— Cardano Foundation (@CardanoStiftung) December 13, 2019
Hoskinson shared that the next releases for Cardano would come in the new year.
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