• Terra’s upgrade to Columbus 5 is on, expected to bring more scalability and features for projects. 
  • Columbus 5 is Terra’s most significant one yet since it introduces a new “burn” policy. 
  • The wormhole, or the bridge between Terra to Solana projects, goes live with Columbus 5. 

The Terra ecosystem undergoes major changes with the arrival of Columbus 5. The upgrade brings a slew of developments and features to the protocol. 

Columbus 5 is here, Wormhole and Burn policy to be live soon

Terra’s most significant upgrade yet has been set in motion at 3:30 AM GMT on September 30, 2021. The upgrade is bringing three critical changes to Terra. There is a planned upgrade to Stargate, integration of IBC protocol, Ozone, Wormhole and a new burn policy. 

These changes are expected to influence the growth of the ecosystem positively. 

The most-awaited addition is the ‘Burn policy’. Traders and speculators have awaited the implementation of burn in LUNA.

Proponents expect this new policy to have a similar impact on LUNA as it did on the Ethereum ecosystem, pulling tokens out of the circulating supply by burning them. Furthermore, it is expected to have a positive impact on LUNA price by creating scarcity across exchanges. 

LUNA has offered relatively higher risk-adjusted returns than most other cryptocurrencies over the past two weeks in anticipation of Columbus 5 launch. Analysts have compared the altcoin to Solana before its explosive rally. 

Mike Novogratz, CEO of Galaxy Investment partners, is enthusiastic on the arrival of Columbus,

Stargate will enable integration with the Inter Blockchain Communication protocol to facilitate more interchain use cases. As of now, Terra has 8 live protocols, and the number is expected to multiply in the future with Stargate.

UST is expected to emerge as a preferred stablecoin for decentralized applications. 

Ryan Watkins, a senior research analyst at Messari Crypto, believes that UST growth will accelerate beyond $2.5 billion in circulation. 

The introduction of Wormhole and Ozone provides insurance to projects built by Terraform Labs and bridges projects on Terra to Solana. When UST moves between both networks, analysts expect further integration and collaboration between projects on both blockchain networks. 

The launch of the wormhole triggered an explosive rally in Solana. It is therefore considered as a key factor that is likely to drive LUNA demand and utility higher. 

The team behind Terra will share further updates once the upgrade is complete. Until then, they recommend no interaction with the Terra blockchain. 

Jay Jaboneta, managing director of DLSL Nexus, expects over 50 protocols to go live on Terra in the following months. Jaboneta tweeted,

 

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