Is Solana the future of crypto payments? Bernstein Report

By KMatt | Blogging Crypto | 10 Apr 2024

According to a report by Bernstein Research, the crypto payments sector could increasingly depend on Solana. The analysis highlights how the network has acquired a significant share of the stablecoin market, with 43% of the total value transferred, surpassing even Ethereum.

Why Solana?

Several factors contribute to Solana's success:

- Ease of use: Solana layer-1 offers a smoother user experience than Ethereum layer-2 solutions.

- High throughput: Solana boasts a transaction speed significantly higher than Ethereum, with lower costs.

Towards mass adoption

Collaborations with Visa and Shopify could accelerate Solana's entry into the retail and B2B payments sector. However, mass adoption is hampered by scalability: the network needs a 15-20x increase in transactions per second to meet growing demand.
Furthermore, the number of stablecoins on the Solana network is lower than that of its competitors: USDC, for example, which is the most widespread stablecoin on Solana, has a capitalization of 2.2 billion dollars compared to 26.4 billion on Ethereum. All this, in a context that sees the stablecoin market growing, with a circulating value of 150 billion dollars destined to rise with the entry of new players (to name one, Ripple).

In conclusion, Solana has the potential to revolutionize the crypto payments industry, however to achieve mass adoption, the network will need to overcome challenges related to scalability and congestion (significant transaction processing delays experienced due to spam and bots increasingly widespread).



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