Helium Solana Migration - Nebra Live Blog
18th of April 2023 9am PST / 4pm UTC / 5PM BST
The Helium Solana migration has now begun. The process is expected to take 24 to 48 hours assuming there are no issues.
The Helium community has been anticipating the migration from Helium to the Solana blockchain. The groundbreaking move is due to revolutionise the way Helium users interact with the decentralised network and expands the possibilities for IoT devices.
The Helium migration to Solana is due to happen on the 18th of April 2023 9am PST / 4pm UTC / 5PM BST. During this process, there will be some expected network downtime and reduced performance whilst this migration takes place.
Nebra will require all users to update their Nebra mobile application to the latest version. (Android already released, iOS update due soon)
Users will need to ensure that their miner is running 1.0.0 or later as of 3pm CET on the 18th of April. If your hotspot is not updated by this time then please reach out to our support team. You can check your Firmware version on the local diagnostic page.
Note: Please check back for this page as we will be continuously updating it as the migration happens and report any possible hiccups.
The Helium Solana Migration
The migration from Helium to the Solana blockchain is a move that will see growth and development for both ecosystems. Solana is a high-performance, scalable blockchain known for its quick transaction speeds and low fees. By migrating to Solana, the Helium network can take advantage of its superior infrastructure and expand its current capabilities.
The Key benefits of the migration i the following:
- Scalability - The migration allows the Helium network to scale more effectively, allowing more devices to be added to the network with ease
- Speed - The quick transaction speed of Solana blockchain allows real-time communication between IoT devices and the Helium network. This will open up more opportunities and use cases.
- Security - By leveraging the security of the Solana blockchain, Helium can ensure the integrity and safety of this network.
- Interoperability - Developers will be able to seamlessly create innovative applications that leverage both platforms.
What does this mean for Nebra hotspot owners?
Nebra hotspot owners, including all third-party supported hotspots (Syncrobit, Controllino, Pycom and more) will experience several benefits as a result of this migration. First, the increased scalability and speed of the Solana blockchain will likely lead to improved hotspot performance. Secondly, the growth of both ecosystems will create new opportunities for earning HNT.
To facilitate a smooth transition, Nebra has released a Firmware update for all hotspot owners and third-party support. The update process is straightforward and will occur OTA. This will ensure your hotspot is fully compatible with the Solana blockchain.