Cardano Records Impressive 49% QoQ Growth in Dapp Transactions; 10% Rise in TVL: Report

Cardano (ADA) has shown promising indications of growth in Q2 despite lackluster market activity. Emerging infrastructure such as stablecoins, programming languages, and wallets are helping Cardano developers to craft advanced applications enriched with enhanced user experiences, according to a new report by Messari.

The blockchain intelligence platform reported that the Cardano ecosystem has managed to diversify with newer protocols that have contributed significantly to various activity metrics even as ADA’s price and market cap suffered a drawdown during the period.

Cardano Ecosystem Growth: Q2

According to Messari’s report titled ‘State of Cardano’ for the Q2 edition, the average transaction rose by 8.5% compared to the previous quarter, going from $0.117 to $0.126. Despite this consecutive quarterly rise, the average transaction fee in USD remains 50.8% lower year over year, primarily due to decreased ADA prices compared to the previous year.

Transaction activity also surged in the second quarter of the year. Average daily transactions increased by approximately 2% QoQ from 67,500 to 68,800. Messari highlighted that the growth is crucial as movement in transactions and active addresses are typically correlated, but have deviated slightly in recent quarters.

Over the last five quarters, there has been a consistent increase in the ratio of transactions to active addresses, indicating heightened user engagement compared to earlier periods. During Q2, the Transaction / Active Address ratio reached 1.19, marking a sequential rise of 6.1% and a year-over-year surge of 13.2%.

For the third successive quarter, Cardano has witnessed growth in its average daily dapp transactions. Dapp usage surged with a notable 49.0% increase from the previous quarter in Q2, maintaining an average of 57,900 daily transactions.

Surging Blockchain Activity

Cardano’s total value locked (TVL) saw a 9.7% quarter-over-quarter rise, reaching $151.7 million. This growth in TVL is particularly noteworthy given the decrease in ADA’s price. Furthermore, the layer-1 smart contract platform’s year-to-date TVL has soared by 198.6% (in USD), propelling it from the 34th to the 21st position among all networks in 2023.

Minswap, which happens to be an automated market maker (AMM), continued to hold its position as the liquidity king of Cardano DeFi, concluding the second quarter of the year with a TVL of nearly $50 million and over 32% dominance.

The report also noted that the stablecoin infrastructure is yet another factor fueling this TVL run on the blockchain. Data also suggest that Cardano’s stablecoin market cap climbed up from 54th to 37th in 2023.

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