“Dencun Unleashes Major Upgrade on Ethereum Mainnet”


On March 13, 2024 at 13:55 UTC, the highly anticipated Dencun upgrade for Ethereum went live on the mainnet. This upgrade, which was previously successfully deployed on the Holesky testnet in February, introduces “blobs” that will significantly reduce transaction fees for Layer-2 protocols.

The community has been eagerly awaiting this upgrade, as it is expected to bring major benefits to the broader Ethereum ecosystem. This positive sentiment is similar to what was seen during the previous two major upgrades, the Shanghai upgrade in April 2023 and the Merge in September 2022.

With the implementation of the Dencun upgrade, data blobs are now available on the mainnet, bringing proto-danksharding to enhance data availability and reduce transaction fees for L2 platforms such as Base, Arbitrum One, Optimism, zkSync, and Starknet. The Arbitrum team has also announced additional fee reductions for Arbitrum One.

According to the team, it may take an hour or two for the upgrade to fully execute and for the new EIP-4844 pricing changes to take effect. However, the community is already seeing the potential benefits of this upgrade, with Ethereum and several L2 tokens experiencing a surge in price earlier in the week.

In addition, the implementation of the Shanghai upgrade on the mainnet allowed ETH holders to unstake their tokens for the first time since deposits opened ahead of the Merge. This further highlights the positive impact of major upgrades on the Ethereum community.

As the community continues to explore the possibilities of this new upgrade, the future looks bright for Ethereum and its ecosystem. The Dencun upgrade marks another milestone in the development of this leading blockchain platform, and the community is eagerly anticipating its potential impact.

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