Helium Foundation announces migration to Solana following community vote

Quick Take

  • The Helium Foundation has announced Helium Network’s migration to the Solana blockchain following a community vote.
  • Helium has run on its own blockchain since its inception in 2019 but will now migrate to Solana to scale to meet the demands of builders and users.

The Helium Foundation has announced the migration of the Helium Network, a decentralized network powering wireless communication protocols, to the Solana blockchain after a successful community vote on the proposal. 

The network, which since its inception in 2019 has run its own Layer 1 blockchain, proposed the migration in August via a Helium Improvement Proposal, HIP70.

The move aims to scale Helium to meet the demands of builders and users, supporting a goal to accelerate the decentralized wireless network of Helium 5G and more than 945,000 Internet of Things (IoT) user-managed hotspot devices.

In a statement, Scott Sigel, COO of the Helium Foundation, said: “We have an ambitious mission of deploying and managing wireless networks at scale and moving to Solana allows us to do that."

Helium’s migration to Solana is scheduled to occur in the fourth quarter of 2022. The Helium Foundation said it would work closely with the Solana Foundation to ensure a seamless transition.

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