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Non-Fungible Token (NFT) Sales Volume on Solana Blockchain Surpasses $1 Billion

Solana blockchain continues to prove its worth in the crypto industry, especially in the non-fungible token (NFT) sector, challenging Ethereum, the largest smart contracts platform.

According to the NFT sales tracker CryptoSlam, the sales volume of its non-fungible token (NFT) surpassed $1 billion in January 2022.

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Non-Fungible Token (NFT) Sales Volume on Solana Blockchain Surpasses $1 Billion
Courtesy of CryptoSlam

Solana (SOL) Gaining Traction in the NFT Sector

In the later part of 2021, Solana’s NFTs gained popularity due to the problem of high transaction fees on the Ethereum network, the most popular blockchain for non-fungible tokens.

The first Solana NFT to break $1 million occurred on 11th September 2021, for a Degenerate Ape Academy NFT, part of a collection of 10,000 algorithmically generated 3D primates. While the most expensive Solana NFT sold for $2.1 million about a month later.

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According to the data shared by The Block, Solana’s highest weekly trade volumes reached $160.39 million on 29th August 2021. Howbeit, Solana is still nothing compared to Ethereum in terms of NFT trading volumes.

Also, Solana lacks high-profile NFT projects that can compete with Ethereum-based NFTs such as Bored ape Yacht Club and CryptoPunks. Nevertheless, healthy investment in the Solana NFT space has continued to gain traction and 2022 is another year to prove its worth in the NFT sector of the crypto ecosystem.

JPMorgan Thinks Ethereum is Losing Ground to Solana in the NFT sector

Due to the significantly high transaction fees on the Ethereum network, JPMorgan’s analysts, led by Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou, believe that the largest blockchain in the NFT market is already losing ground to rivals such as Solana in the NFT sector of the crypto industry.

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In a recent note to clients, JPMorgan pointed out that Ethereum’s volume share of NFT trading has fallen from relatively 95% recorded at the start of 2021 to 80%.

Panigirtzoglou wrote:


“It looks like, similar to DeFi apps, congestion and high gas fees has been inducing NFT applications to use other blockchains…

“If the loss of its NFT share starts looking more sustained in 2022, that would become a bigger problem for ethereum’s valuation.”

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Tobi Loba
Tobi Loba
Tobi Loba is a passionate writer with a vast interest in the stock market. She joined the crypto ecosystem about three years ago and has written lots of ebooks and articles in relation to cryptocurrency and blockchain projects. Tobi Loba earned her degree at the University of Ibadan.

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