The crypto market is experiencing a small relief rally. Cardano (ADA) is among the bounce with a 27% price surge. This kicks ripple out of 6th place of the largest cryptocurrencies and places Cardano there instead.
Cardano Overtakes Ripple
Cardano is doing relatively well in the crypto market.
The smart contract blockchain’s ADA token raised 27% amid a market-wide bounce. This put it ahead of Ripple to reclaim its title as sixth-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. This comes ahead of Cardano’s highly anticipated Vasil hardfork upgrade. The blockchain is expected to see a testnet release on June 2nd with mainnet launch on June 29th. Upon release, the Vasil upgrade will represent the network’s most significant overhaul since the Alonzo hardfork in Sept 2021.
While the Alonzo upgrade gave Cardano smart contracting capabilities, unlocking a range of new DeFi use cases, the upcoming Vasil hardfork will supposedly improve the scalability and usability of the network. Specifically, Vasil will include four Cardano Improvement Proposals, CIP31, CIP32, CIP33, and CIP40, which are supposed to reconsider the logic of how Cardano’s Plutus scripts are submitted to the blockchain. Together, the CIP upgrades are supposed to lower the transaction fees, improve the network’s throughput and decentralization, and solve the so-called “concurrency” issue that has severely impaired the scalability of the apps on the blockchain to date.
Although Cardano was one of the first smart contract-based Ethereum competitors to hit the market in 2017, it has fared significantly worse in terms of ecosystem than most of its counterparts. It launched smart contracting capabilities long after other blockchains like Solana had already built out their own DeFi and NFT ecosystems, and still sees significantly less activity than most other leading Layer 1 networks eight months later. According to data from Defi Llama, Cardano has around $158 million in total value locked across its decentralized apps, about 25 times less than Solana and 455 times less than Ethereum. Interestingly, Ethereum’s market cap is about 11 times larger than Ethereum despite the significant lead it has in the DeFi space.
ADA is currently trading at around $0.66, up around 27% from today’s low of $0.51. That puts Cardano’s market cap at about $22.3 billion.