Real-world adoption and blockchain integration is the ultimate goal of any serious fintech protocol looking to offer workable solutions to some of the biggest challenges in finance and data transmission.
Hedera Hashgraph is a public network that uses a distributed ledger technology known as Hashgraph to increase scalability and lower transaction costs.
Two of the main reasons for the recent rise in Hedera’s native cryptocurrency, HBAR, include a growing list of ecosystem partners and the introduction of nonfungible token (NFT) minting capabilities to the network.
Hedera partnerships expand HBAR’s availability
The Hedera partnership program is an offshoot of the Hedera community that aims to roll more integrators, technology partners and enterprise applications to Hedera’s blockchain.
A scroll through the project’s Twitter feed shows that the partnership program lured new partners such as the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras to the Hedera governing council.
Other recent partnership announcements include collaborations with Fobi, Dropp and Filecoin, which has launched a $200,000 developer grant project in conjunction with Hedera designed to help advance Web 3.0 interoperability.
Related: Indian university joins Hedera decentralized governance council
NFTs come to the Hedera network
The second source of excitement for the Hedera protocol has been the introduction of NFT minting capabilities on the network.
The latest release of Hedera Service Code v0.17.4 on mainnet includes updates to the Hedera Token Service:
Custom Fees (including NFT royalties)
Metadata standards for tokens
— Hedera Hashgraph (@hedera) September 2, 2021
The NFT sector has been one of the hottest trends in 2021, and while the price action and trading activity for NFTs have declined significantly from their August highs, the sector is likely to expand in the near future.
VORTECS™ data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro began to detect a bullish outlook for HBAR on Sept. 4, prior to the recent price rise.
The VORTECS™ Score, exclusive to Cointelegraph, is an algorithmic comparison of historical and current market conditions derived from a combination of data points, including market sentiment, trading volume, recent price movements and Twitter activity.
As seen in the chart above, the VORTECS™ Score for HBAR climbed into the green zone on Sept. 4 and reached a high of 72 around 72 hours before its price increased 147% over the next seven days.
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