Stablecoin issuer Tether is set to launch its USDT token on Avalanche, making it the ninth blockchain network it operates on.
USDT's launch on the Avalanche network is expected in mid-June, Tether CTO Paolo Ardoino told The Block. Once launched, the stablecoin would work on nine blockchains: Algorand, Avalanche, Bitcoin Cash’s Simple Ledger Protocol, Ethereum, EOS, Liquid Network, Omni, Tron, and Solana.
Ethereum's high gas fees have made USDT more popular on other chains, such as Tron. As The Block reported recently, USDT's supply on Tron surpassed that of Ethereum. It is still the case as of writing. USDT's supply on Tron stands at $31 billion, while on Ethereum, it is at around $27 billion, according to The Block's Data Dashboard.
Ardoino told The Block that if Ethereum's gas fees remain high on average, this trend may continue.
"Avalanche is surging in popularity," Ardoino told The Block. "It has support for Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), allowing decentralized finance (DeFi) projects to migrate easily to it to enjoy lower fees, while making USDT deployment easy since we already have a battle-tested EVM compatible setup."
When asked if Tether is looking to support more blockchain in the near future, Ardoino said there are no other blockchains in the pipeline for the time being.
Today the always-on demands of online markets have to be matched with the ability to access opportunities instantly and with no limits. Historically correspondent banks would move large sums of money for those needing to transfer funds while creating bottlenecks of unnecessary friction.
Ethereum had a breakout year in 2021. It’s native asset, ETH’s, market capitalization surpassed $500 billion for the first time. Its network facilitated upwards of $7 trillion value transfer. Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) emerged as another “killer application” that have put its technology on the global stage and caught the attention of the masses.