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USDC Stablecoin to Be Launched Natively on Layer 2 Scaling Solution Arbitrum

Circle, the stablecoin issuer, has recently made an exciting announcement regarding the launch of its native USDC on Arbitrum, a popular layer 2 networks. This move will replace the current bridged version of the stablecoin derived from Ethereum. To ensure a seamless transition, Circle will work closely with ecosystem apps to implement the necessary changes in their app UI and documentation.

In preparation for the launch, Arbitrum will rename the Ethereum-bridged version of USDC on block explorers as “USDC.e.” Circle emphasized that their USDC will be considered the official version for the Arbitrum ecosystem, gradually replacing the circulating bridged USDC liquidity from Ethereum. This transition will bring numerous benefits, such as faster bridge withdrawal times facilitated by the Cross-Chain Transfer Protocol (CCTP) and the potential for institutional on and off-ramps. Circle will also introduce an upgradeable smart contract to allow future improvements.

Circle and Arbitrum will collaborate with ecosystem apps to ensure a smooth liquidity migration. During this process, the Arbitrum Bridge will continue to operate normally for bridging USDC to and from Ethereum, with no immediate changes. Looking ahead, Circle plans to integrate CCTP into the Arbitrum Bridge, enabling native and rapid transfers of USDC between Ethereum and other supported chains.

This recent development follows Circle’s announcement of the mainnet availability of CCTP, which allows for the native flow of USDC across different chains. By burning the stablecoin on a source chain and minting an equivalent amount on a destination chain, CCTP ensures efficient cross-chain transfers. Circle has further plans to expand CCTP to additional chains in the latter half of 2023, demonstrating its commitment to interoperability and broadening their reach.

Overall, Circle’s decision to launch native USDC on Arbitrum marks an important step in improving the stability and efficiency of the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Through close collaboration and strategic upgrades, they aim to enhance liquidity migration and provide seamless cross-chain functionality for users.

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