According to a recent report by the online database platform Messari, the Hedera (HBAR) Network, an open-source, public blockchain governed by the Hedera Governing Council, has showcased significant growth in the face of a challenging crypto market during Q3 2023.
Hedera Network Hits New Record With 99 Million Daily Transactions
Per the report, Hedera Network’s transaction volume continued its upward trajectory, achieving a new record of 99 million daily average transactions in Q3 2023.
This milestone marks the fifth consecutive quarterly increase in transaction activity, with the Hedera Consensus Service responsible for 99% of all transactions on the network.
Notably, the network’s revenue derived from transaction fees surpassed $1 million for the first time, experiencing a remarkable 30% quarter-on-quarter growth.
According to Messari, the Hedera Consensus Service largely drove the revenue growth and remained independent of HBAR’s price fluctuations, as transaction fees are fixed in USD terms.
While the overall crypto market experienced a moderate downturn during Q3 2023, HBAR’s circulating market capitalization grew by 7.6% quarter-on-quarter, reaching $1.7 billion by the end of September.
HBAR’s fully diluted market capitalization also increased by 2.5%, settling at $2.5 billion. As a result, the Hedera Network emerged as the 31st-largest crypto protocol by market capitalization, demonstrating its growing prominence in the industry.
Hedera’s TVL Skyrockets By 29%
The protocol’s Total Value Locked (TVL) reached $31 million in Q3 2023, a 29% increase from the previous quarter. While the broader market witnessed a reduction in TVL, Hedera’s year-over-year (YoY) TVL growth stood at an impressive 75%.
SaucerSwap, the leading protocol within the Hedera ecosystem, accounted for most of the TVL, with $27 million locked, comprising 87% of the Hedera Network’s total TVL. According to Messari, this growth in TVL can be attributed to the launch of new protocols within the ecosystem.
On the flip side, the Hedera community has strongly emphasized enhancing developer tools and collaborations.
In Q3 2023, significant progress was made toward achieving Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) equivalence. The community introduced developer-focused features, integrated the JSON-RPC codebase, and refined contract creation transactions through HIP-729.
These efforts have increased compatibility with EVM networks and expanded the capabilities of smart contract development on the Hedera Network.
High Staking Percentage And Strategic Partnerships
The Hedera Network reported a high staking percentage, with 85% of the circulating supply and 56% of the total supply staked.
Core entities such as the HBAR Foundation, Swirlds, and Swirlds Labs have staked their HBAR allocations and the Hedera Treasury to support validators in meeting the minimum staking threshold for network consensus. Notably, these entities have chosen not to collect staking rewards.
Per the report, the Hedera Governing Council modified the staking rewards structure during Q3, adjusting the reward rate to 2.5% and setting a maximum staked quantity to ensure proportional reward rates.
Despite the challenging crypto market conditions in Q3 2023, the Hedera Network has showcased significant growth. The expansion of TVL and the dominance of SaucerSwap further solidified the ecosystem’s position.
Despite the growth of Hedera Network’s ecosystem, the native token, HBAR, is currently trading at $0.0460, reflecting a 4.5% decrease in value over the past 24 hours. This trend has persisted throughout the year, resulting in a year-to-date decline of 24%.
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