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Near Hits All-Time High as Layer-1 Blockchain Competition Heats Up

decrypt.co 04 January 2022 11:55, UTC
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The price of NEAR, the native token of Near Protocol, has skyrocketed and hit a new high of $17.28 on Tuesday.

The token has slightly backtracked since. Still, the token is up 15.3% in the past 24 hours, trading at $16.84 by press time, per CoinGecko.

NEAR is a smart contract-enabled blockchain that uses a proof-of-stake (PoS) consensus mechanism and a technology known as sharding to enhance the network's scalability and lower transaction fees.

The asset's latest price action comes amid a flurry of activity around the project in recent weeks.

The latest notable integration was announced on Monday as Synapse Protocol, a DeFi crypto exchange and cross-chain bridge, became available on Aurora, a virtual machine that lets Ethereum developers easily build on Near Protocol.

Another day, another bridge!@SynapseProtocol is here for you, dear #AURORians! 🕺 https://t.co/jIZVIRwVXh

— Aurora (@auroraisnear) January 2, 2022

Last month, the team behind the protocol also announced the integration of UST, Terra's U.S. dollar-pegged stablecoin, coupled with several incentive campaigns aimed at improving the stablecoin's liquidity.

Other integrations and partnerships included DeFi projects like DePocketFinance, CraftingFinance, and EndlessFM, all helping the protocol's token price surge by 95.2% over the last two weeks and as much as 110% in the last month.

With a market capitalization of just above $10 billion, NEAR is currently the market's 23rd-largest cryptocurrency.

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Fantom, Harmony, Tezos join layer-1 rally

Fantom (FTM), the native token of the eponymous Ethereum-compatible layer-1 blockchain, is another top gainer of the day.

FTM is up 15.3% over the day and is trading at $2.88. Stepping back, and the gains have been ongoing: the token has risen a hefty 109.6% in the last two weeks, per CoinGecko

According to data provided by blockchain analytics firm Santiment, the number of Fantom's active addresses has grown to levels last seen in late November, boosting the total value locked (TVL) across the Fantom ecosystem to a new record high of $5.86 billion.

The popular #Fantom spiked +19% Monday despite #crypto's mild slide. $FTM's price has now surged +115% in just under two weeks, and #Fantom's active addresses have spiked to levels not seen since late November. https://t.co/zxaoGT3tcO pic.twitter.com/9O099hgwSC

— Santiment (@santimentfeed) January 4, 2022

Elsewhere, several other layer-1 tokens are on the rise, too, with the likes of Harmony (ONE) and Tezos (XTZ) posting gains of 8.3% and 8.2%, respectively.

All of these tokens have led today's sideways market, suggesting speculators are betting big on a multi-chain future in 2022.

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