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Solana DeFi Explosion: $3B TVL But Will Congestion Strain Chain?

Published March 7, 2024 7:46 PM
Shraddha Sharma
Published March 7, 2024 7:46 PM

  Key Takeaways

  • Solana’s DEX trading volume surpassed $2 billion for four consecutive days in March.
  • The blockchain’s TVL has now touched an impressive $3b.
  • Top DeFi protocols on Solana show significant growth, with protocols like Marinade and Jito leading in TVL.
  • Solana’s price momentum is pushed by investment interests from firms like Pantera Capital but can it maintain network uptime?

The Solana blockchain is fixing its downtime reputation with a remarkable surge in its decentralized finance (DeFi) activity. The chain has inched to a total value locked (TVL) of $3b as per DefiLlama. After a 5-hour outage in February, March is seeing a record-breaking DEX trading volume that touched $2.85b.  

However, this rapid expansion raises questions about network congestion and its ability to sustain intense activity.

Solana Flourishes on DeFi

Solana’s DeFi numbers reveal that the ecosystem is now booming with its DEX trading volume breaking records and the dollars locked touching $3b. The surge in on-chain activity, attributed to increased trading and transactions, has sparked discussions about the potential strain on the network.

After sustained activity in the first week of March, Solana witnessed a slight volume decrease to $2b after a record peak of $2.85b on March 5.


At the time of writing, the network remains robust, propelled by the top five protocols in terms of total value locked (TVL), including Marinade, Jito, marginfi, Kamino, and BlazeStake, each contributing to the platform’s DeFi explosion.

Solana’s Market Momentum

Following a minor price correction, Solana has regained its upward trajectory, significantly influenced by the broader market rally. At press time, the digital currency stands at around $146, marking a notable increase in both its 24-hour and 7-day trading metrics. Additionally, Pantera Capital’s initiative to acquire $250m worth of SOL tokens from FTX’s assets is giving the market confidence. The overall trading volume during 24 hours has surpassed $7b with a market cap of over $64b at the time of writing.

Solana’s increase in active users also underlines the blockchain’s expanding influence. Based on Token Terminal data , Solana has shown impressive gains, with a 16% price increase in the first week of March, and an over 500% rise in Q4 2023 and Q1 2024 combined.

On March 7, the daily active users have seen around a 60% rise at 690k. However, the code commits in terms of development activity have been muted.

However, the overall metrics reflect Solana’s growing adoption and user engagement. However, the challenges of managing a rapidly scaling DeFi network come with concerns about network congestion and stability.

Challenges Ahead for Solana

As Solana continues to grow, the strain on its network becomes a significant concern. The spike in on-chain transactions and DEX trading volumes poses questions about the blockchain’s capacity to handle such levels of activity without compromising performance. Ensuring network scalability and efficiency will be crucial for Solana in the future.

Solana Shows DeFi Growth | Source:DefiLlama
Solana Shows DeFi Growth | Source:DefiLlama

In 2024, the Solana network did not witness network blackouts except in February. The network was upbeat for one year before a 5-hour outage. Solana was back online after an upgrade and a system restart by its operators on the day. The issue started around 09:53 UTC and was fixed by 14:57 UTC on February 6. But, in the previous years, Solana has experienced approximately six significant disruptions. Overall, it has been partially or fully offline for around half a month, based on reports.

Solana Boosts of Potential

Solana’s DeFi ecosystem is on an impressive growth trajectory as SOL continues to be in the top 5 coins by market cap. Record-breaking trading volumes and investment opportunities could keep the price levels positive.

However, this rapid expansion brings to light critical challenges related to network congestion and scalability. As the L1 moves forward, continuing to address these concerns will be essential to maintain momentum.

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