• Over 100 smart contracts went live on the Ethereum-killer blockchain network within 24 hours of Alonzo Hard Fork launch.
  • Popular cryptocurrency analysts expect the Cardano blockchain to follow in Ethereum's footsteps and a bullish outlook on ADA.
  • One of the biggest proof-of-stake blockchain networks, Cardano teases new partnerships in the pipeline.

Cardano has emerged as one of the projects with the largest Git commits over the past year. The blockchain network is gearing up to power more smart contract applications and emulate the success of Ethereum.

Faster development and exciting partnerships to push Cardano price higher

Alonzo Hard Fork's successful completion on September 12 marked the arrival of smart contracts on the Cardano blockchain. A feat that was considered unattainable by a vast majority of the crypto community. 

Polymarket, a global information market platform, lost $50,000 to Charles Hoskinson, founder of Cardano since the platform had bet against the arrival of smart contracts on the network until October 1, 2021. 

Cardano believers who bet in favor of smart contract launch showed conviction in Input Output Hong Kong (IOHK), the company behind the blockchain network and Hoskinson, won over $1 million with the arrival of smart contracts on the Ethereum-rival network.

When the smart contract functionality went live on the Cardano blockchain, over 100 projects were added in a single day. 

In a recent tweet, Sidney Vollmer, Cardano's Head of Brand and Communications, teased that the partnerships that the blockchain network has lined up in the Cardano Summit 2021 event will blow people's minds. 

Based on a research report compiled by Outlier Ventures, a Venture Capital firm based in London, Cardano is one of the most developed projects (from a sample of 50) in the cryptocurrency ecosystem over two years. 

The report correlates strong development activity and a higher number of commits with higher chances of success. Cardano has over 700 commits per month, up 24% from the previous year, against Ethereum's year-on-year growth of 10.5%. 

Benjamin Cowen, a leading cryptocurrency analyst and trader, states that Cardano is currently in the accumulation phase between $1 and $3. Cowen believes that a large percentage of Ethereum's market capitalization comes from NFTs, DeFi applications and dApps. 

Cowen argues, 

Cardano does not really have that effect yet. It does not have that same level of network effect now...I do think that Cardano will grow with time, and I do think that as more utility is actually built out on the platform, that this will have a positive impact on the price.

FXStreet analysts predict that if ADA price remains above the crucial level of $2.2, the altcoin is ready to breakout. 


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