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Manta’s TVL Exceeds BASE, Prepares for Huge 50 Million MANTA Token Airdrop

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In Brief

  • Manta Pacific, launched in September, has become the fourth largest Ethereum layer-two solution, with $840M in total value locked.
  • The TVL surge may have been driven by a bridging feature introduced last month, which made possible 4-5% yields for USDC deposits.
  • Manta Pacific is a zero-knowledge rollup built on Ethereum (ETH), which transfers compressed transaction data to the base network.
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Manta Network trumps Coinbase’s Base network as the fourth largest Ethereum layer-two scaling solution. The new network, launched last September, has accrued $840 million in total value locked (TVL) and is offering 50 million tokens in a MANTA airdrop.

The surge in usage was likely driven by a new bridging feature introduced in December, coupled with the potential for airdrops for users using the ecosystem.

How Manta TVL Catapulted With Staking

Manta offers 4-5% yields for Ethereum and USDC deposits. Depositors get free tokens in an upcoming airdrop. Users can also re-stake ETH on a special “EigenLayer,” and use their deposit receipts within the Manta ecosystem.

Read more: Best Upcoming Airdrops in January 2024

Manta is built on zero-knowledge proofs. The mainnet went live on September 10, 2023, and reached a peak transaction speed of 5.88 transactions on December 22, 2023. Now, the 30-day transaction count is around 4.52 million.

Furthermore, the total value locked on the network started moving upward in mid-December. L2Beat says the TVL consists of $208 million in canonically-bridged tokens and $631 million in externally-bridged tokens. The amount locked has surpassed the $754 million present in Coinbase’s Base network.

Manta TVL Airdrop
Manta TVL | Source: L2Beat

Users can make themselves eligible for a MANTA airdrop by bridging ETH and USDC to the network. A total of 50,000,000 tokens will be disbursed. Binance recently said it will launch five MANTA trading pairs on January 18, 2023.

How the Manta Ecosystem May Fare

Manta is a zero-knowledge blockchain that uses Ethereum as a base layer. Zero-knowledge blockchains can tell Ethereum whether transactions are valid without revealing details about the transaction.

Rollups are a scaling solution for Ethereum that gained popularity in 2023. They are often expensive to run. Additionally, they only send compressed bits of data to the main chain.

Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum’s co-founder, expects the rollup ecosystem to continue diversifying in 2024. Also, the technical nuances of different rollups will benefit the future of Ethereum.

“One of the inevitable consequences of [the rapid expansion of the Ethereum layer 2 ecosystem] is that we are seeing a trend of layer 2 projects becoming more heterogeneous. I expect this trend to continue…” Buterin stated.

Read more: A Beginner’s Guide to Layer-2 Scaling Solutions

Many projects use zero-knowledge proofs that will be worth watching in 2024. These include Polygon’s zkEVM, Linea, developed by Ethereum infrastructure provider ConsenSys, and Mantle Finance. Furthermore, upcoming Ethereum upgrades, including a full implementation of so-called proto-dank sharding, will make roll-up transactions cheaper.

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David Thomas graduated from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban, South Africa, with an Honors degree in electronic engineering. He worked as an engineer for eight years, developing software for industrial processes at South African automation specialist Autotronix (Pty) Ltd., mining control systems for AngloGold Ashanti, and consumer products at Inhep Digital Security, a domestic security company wholly owned by Swedish conglomerate Assa Abloy. He has experience writing software in C,...
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