Solana (SOL) has experienced a 20% increase in value following a turbulent period triggered by a $1.3 billion sale of SOL from the bankrupt FTX exchange. The unstaking of 7 million SOL by venture capital firm a16z has also raised questions about other large validators. Solana’s success in the NFT market is attributed to its cost-effective and scalable approach, which lowers minting fees. The recent network upgrade to version 1.16 introduced new features to enhance stability, privacy, and security. However, Solana faces tough competition from Ethereum’s layer-2 solutions. The upcoming trial of Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of FTX, has also created uncertainty in the market. SOL has not only gained value against the US Dollar but also showed a slight increase in value against Bitcoin.

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