On Thursday, the Helium Foundation announced that it would be moving its mainnet to the Solana blockchain following a community vote. According to the proposal, proof-of-coverage and Data transfer mechanisms will be moved to Helium Oracles.
Meanwhile, Helium's tokens and governance will relocate to that of the Solana blockchain. As told by developers, the benefits of the move would include more of its native token HNT available to subDAO reward pools, more consistent mining, more reliable data transfer, more utility for HNT and subDAO tokens, and more ecosystem support.
Helium is a blockchain wireless communications protocol. The same week, Nova Labs, the creator of Helium, signed an agreement with American telecommunications provider T-Mobile to launch Helium Mobile, a crypto-powered mobile service that will enable subscribers to earn crypto rewards. Helium Mobile subscribers on this cellular plan can opt-in to earn token rewards for sharing data about coverage quality and helping identify Helium dead-spot locations nationwide. A 5G capable device is required.
As a decentralized wireless network, Helium provides open-source coverage worldwide. Since its launch in 2019, over 900,000 hotspots using Helium have been deployed, with 1,000 units added daily. There are currently over 2,500 active Helium hotspots with 5G in 889 U.S. cities since the program became active in August 2022.
Solana, Helium's new blockchain, is known as a hub for building decentralized applications. When considering vote transactions, Solana's daily transactions have grown from about 100 million to 200 million per day. The blockchain's user count has surged past 1 million starting from May of this year. Helium developers recommended the shift due to Solana's capacity to improve operational efficiency and scalability of projects.