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Ripple Rival Stellar Lumens Targets Ethereum Territory with Smart Contract Platform

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  • Stellar introduces first smart contract post-Protocol 20 upgrade, advancing beyond XRPL in smart contract integration within the DeFi sector.
  • Transition to supporting DApps marks Stellar’s strategic shift from payment protocol, aiming to attract a broader DeFi community user base.

Stellar has introduced the first smart contract on its network shortly after upgrading to Protocol 20, advancing ahead of the XRP Ledger (XRPL) in integrating smart contract functionalities. This update marks a transition for Stellar, evolving from its original role as a payment protocol to now supporting Decentralized Applications (DApps), broadening its utility within the decentralized finance (DeFi) sector.

The upgrade to Protocol 20 was completed on February 20th, signifying a strategic pivot for Stellar towards accommodating a wider range of applications. Originally established to facilitate payments, Stellar now positions itself to attract a diverse user base within the DeFi community by offering a platform for DApps. 

The initial smart contract activation on Stellar’s mainnet is the beginning of a phased roll-out of its Soroban smart contracts platform, starting with Phase 0 focused on testing code stability. Following phases will progressively enable the deployment of applications and ultimately, make them accessible to the wider public, as we have previously read in ETHNews.

The deployment of Soroban smart contracts marks a big step for Stellar, as it ventures into a domain previously dominated by other blockchain networks. While the XRPL has also pursued the introduction of smart contract capabilities through its Hooks protocol, it has encountered delays due to potential risks identified. In contrast, Stellar has swiftly moved forward, positioning itself as a key player in the DeFi space.

The introduction of Soroban smart contracts allows developers to create more complex and functional DApps on the Stellar network. These contracts enable automated, self-executing agreements that run when predefined conditions are met, opening up new possibilities for finance, logistics, and beyond within the decentralized space. 

Soroban aims to provide developers with the tools necessary to build efficient, scalable, and secure applications, leveraging the speed and low transaction costs for which Stellar is known.


Despite the anticipation surrounding the Soroban rollout and its potential to expand Stellar’s use cases in DeFi, the immediate impact on Stellar’s native token, XLM, has been modest. Following the upgrade, XLM’s price experienced a 3.3% decrease to $0.115, though trading volume saw a 17% increase to $118,648,540, indicating sustained interest in the token.

This development signifies Stellar’s commitment to broadening its functionalities and appeal within the rapidly growing DeFi ecosystem, offering new opportunities for application development and deployment on its network. 

As Stellar continues to evolve, it enhances its position within the blockchain space, contributing to the diversification and growth of the DeFi landscape.

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Isai Alexei
Isai Alexei
As a content creator, Isai Alexei holds a degree in Marketing, providing a solid foundation for the exploration of technology and finance. Isai's journey into the crypto space began during academic years, where the transformative potential of blockchain technology was initially grasped. Intrigued, Isai delved deeper, ultimately making the inaugural cryptocurrency investment in Bitcoin. Witnessing the evolution of the crypto landscape has been both exciting and educational. Ethereum, with its smart contract capabilities, stands out as Isai's favorite, reflecting a genuine enthusiasm for cutting-edge web3 technologies. Business Email: [email protected] Phone: +49 160 92211628