Band Protocol (BAND), Chainlink’s rival blockchain network (LINK), which is also at an all-time high, increased its price by 65%. In 24 hours, BAND rose from USD 4,825 to USD 8, setting a new record.
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Three major catalysts seem to have triggered BAND’s upward run, namely the rise of DeFi (decentralised finance), its inclusion in Coinbase and its new partnerships.
The rise of DeFi
As of June 1, the total value of blocked DeFi protocols increased from $1.04 billion to $4.47 billion. Valuations of DeFi related project tokens have increased substantially as the capital involved in its ecosystem has increased more than fourfold.
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Band Protocol, like Chainlink, is a blockchain network of oracles. DeFi protocols rely on these oracles for market data, as they cannot access raw data from other blockchains or websites. As such, oracles are crucial to the success of DeFi applications.
As the market for DeFi expands rapidly, the demand for these oracles goes hand in hand with the increase. DeFi projects could technically create their own oracles, but it takes time and resources to develop them. That’s where oracles like Band Protocol and Chainlink come in.
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Chainlink, similarly, has performed exceptionally well over the last month. Since July 6, the price of LINK has increased from USD 4.74 to USD 9.6, more than 100%.
BAND’s listing on Coinbase
On Aug. 5, Zach Segal, Coinbase’s chief listing officer, said Coinbase Pro will include Band Protocol. Coinbase Pro’s official account said it would list BAND by Aug. 10, provided the liquidity conditions are met. The Coinbase Pro team said:
„Monday, August 10, our BAND-USD, BAND-BTC, BAND-EUR and BAND-GBP order books will go into transfer-only mode, accepting incoming BAND transfers in compatible regions. Orders cannot be placed or completed. Trading will begin as of 9:00 a.m. PT the following day, if liquidity conditions are met „.
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In just one hour, the price of BAND increased from USD 5.6 to USD 8, after its listing on Coinbase Pro was announced. Many crypto currencies have experienced strong rallies in the period leading up to their inclusion in Coinbase. But after this, as seen in the case of the Compound (COMP), they tend to see reversals as traders take their profits.