IOHK Unveils Alonzo Blue 2.0 Testnet on Cardano

In another big move for the blockchain industry, IOHK (Input Output Hong Kong), the technology firm behind Cardano, has announced the launch of Alonzo Blue 2.0 testnet on Cardano.

IOHK disclosed the release of Alonzo Blue 2.0 to the Cardano testnet via a tweet from its Twitter official handle; expressing their delight with the successful launch of the protocol.

The blockchain platform further noted that the new initiative is an important milestone for both the cryptocurrency and blockchain space. IOHK’s twitter handle added: “It is still early code. But this is a crucial building block.”

IOHK further explained that the Alonzo Blue 2.0 release brings with it the CLI upgrade. This is an important update to the command line interface of the blockchain platform; enabling future smart contracts to be built upon on the network.

Furthermore, smart transactions are being implemented that enable users to associate a transaction’s metadata on-chain, and store executable contract data.

IOHK also noted that stake pool operators have 24 hours to update their nodes before running test scripts.

Notably, the launch of the Alonzo Blue 2.0 upgrade will strengthen Cardano’s ability to compete with other decentralized finance ecosystems like Ethereum, Binance, Polkadot, Solana, and others.

About Alonzo Blue

Alonzo Blue is the next step in a series of upgrades to the Cardano blockchain. It aims to bringing new features like smart contracts to the Cardano network as well as enable developers to create decentralized applications on the network. Alonzo marks the last phase in the network’s “Goguen” era.

Cardano’s roadmap is made up of five stages, each named after famous poets, or computer scientists. Goguen refers to Joseph Goguen, a professor of computer science from the University of California, and the University of Oxford.

The Goguen era comes after the Shelley phase, in which Cardano became a decentralized blockchain, and community members became validators.

Alonzo will be rolling out in three phases: Alonzo blue, white, and purple. Each phase opens up to more of the public until it fully integrates. The process will take 90 days resulting in a smart contract enabled Cardano by the end of August, 2021.

Charles Hoskinson, the founder of IOHK in a statement said he believes this will be the busiest time in the company’s history.

Hoskinson explains “This is probably going to be the busiest 90 days in my company’s history and in the ecosystem’s history.” He adds, “I’m not saying that 90 days from the date of this video that there’ll be Alonzo on the Mainnet.”

Hoskinson summarizes, stating: “What I’m saying is the most critical engineering path, integration path, coordination path, and community path is occurring over for the next 90 days.”

ADA Price

Cardano’s native token has dropped by 3% in the last 24 hours as the cryptocurrency market tries to recover from its recent downturn. However, the token has made monumental progress this year hitting an all-time high of $2.45 on May 16.

Alonzo Blue
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According to CoinGecko, ADA was trading at $1.49 at the time of publication with a 24-hour trading volume of $2,437,259,582, and a market cap of $47,705,318,970.

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