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PayPal Expands Stablecoin PYUSD to Solana Blockchain to Enhance Market Reach

Global payments giant PayPal has introduced its stablecoin PYUSD to the Solana blockchain, aiming to expand its presence in the stablecoin market. This launch marks the second blockchain integration for PYUSD, which initially debuted on the Ethereum network.

PayPal’s decision to integrate PYUSD with Solana, announced on May 29, leverages Solana’s distinctive features that align with PayPal’s commitment to providing an optimal user experience. Solana’s rapid transaction speeds and low fees played a crucial role in PayPal’s choice, facilitating the use of PYUSD for everyday transactions.

Solana boasts the capacity to process 65,000 transactions per second, with transaction fees as low as $0.0025. This performance significantly surpasses Ethereum’s 15 transactions per second and fees ranging from $1 to $50.

Jose Fernandez da Ponte, PayPal’s Senior Vice President of Blockchain, elaborated on the strategic move, stating that integrating PYUSD with Solana supports PayPal’s mission to enable a stable digital currency for commerce and payments.

The Solana ecosystem has emerged as a leading blockchain for stablecoin transfers within the cryptocurrency space. According to Crypto Analytics platform Artemis, Solana processed a stablecoin transfer volume of $1.5 trillion in the past year, outperforming Ethereum’s $885 billion.

Despite its advantages, the Solana blockchain faces occasional challenges, such as network outages. The most recent outage occurred on February 9, lasting five hours. The Solana team is actively working on critical updates to address these issues and enhance user experience.

Understanding Stablecoins

Stablecoins are crypto assets designed to mitigate the volatility of the crypto market by pegging their value to more stable reserves like the US dollar. The three main stablecoins in the market are Tether (USDT), Circle (USDC), and PayPal’s PYUSD. Tether dominates the market with over 70% market share, valued at over $111 billion, while PYUSD is currently valued at $272.96 million.

PayPal launched PYUSD in August 2023 as an ERC-20 token on the Ethereum blockchain. The stablecoin is backed by US dollar deposits, short-term treasuries, and cash equivalents.

Samuel Bolaji

Samuel Bolaji holds a Master of Letters in Publishing Studies from the University of Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He is an experienced researcher, multimedia journalist, writer, and Editor. He is currently the Editor of Arbiterz.

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