Launching on ETH mainnet in 2019, Ankr is a decentralised infrastructure provider in Web3. It focuses on early-stage cloud calculation and blockchain node deployment in an economically efficient way. Recently, instead of developers and institutions as their main target audience, Ankr expanded its business scope to serve retail. Apart from offering API endpoints, Gaming SDK, Ankr AppChains and running RPC nodes, staking solutions including liquid staking & delegated staking have become the new highlight for the protocol.
Liquid staking tokens are shown in the form of ankrX (e.g. ankrAVAX, ankrETH, etc.). They are reward-bearing tokens representing the staked asset plus all future staking rewards. The number of ankrX does not grow, but the value of each token will increase over time as staking rewards accumulate.
Apart from staking rewards, stakers can benefit from the transaction fees from liquidity pools on DEXs, farming rewards, and manual compounding. A 0–5% commission fee is charged from rewards, depending on the token.
In Ankr 2.0, Delegated Staking gives users the right to choose from a larger range of validators (i.e. Ankr-owned node providers & various node providers supporting Ankr Network 2.0) to stake with, where anyone that meets certain criteria can stake to become a node.
30% of the revenue goes to the Ankr Treasury which is managed by the DAO, 21% is allocated to the self-stake pool (node provider), and the remaining 49% goes to the staking insurance pool (individual stakers).
- Governance token for Ankr DAO
- Rewards node providers for serving network traffic while also rewarding ANKR token stakers to secure the network.
- Fees are accrued from developers for on-chain data access (RPC request).
- Collateral deposits (self-stake) are required to become a node provider on Ankr’s network (100,000 ANKR/node).
Market Cap: ~$288m
1. Total Supply: 10,000,000,000 ANKR
2. Circulating Supply: 9,662,899,378 ANKR (97%, ~2% burnt)
3. Tokenomics Distribution
* ICO: Sep. 2018. 100% of tokens had been unlocked by Aug. 2022.
- Extensive Application: Liquid Staking is available on eight chains. For chains that allow unstaking such as Avalanche, Liquid Staking tokens enable elastic token supply, under which the circulating supply expands or contracts to offset changes in a token’s price via rebasing.
- ANKR tokens play a central role in all aspects of the new decentralised Ankr Network.
- The service is transferred from the consensus layer to the development layer, which is more decentralized and transparent. ‘All tokens are fully minted, with no inflation.
- Potential growth of node infrastructure: The rate of staking may increase following the Shanghai Upgrade.
- Limited superiority to fellow LSDs.
- Negative PR from the Ankr exploit on 02/12/2022.
Ankr is a Web3 infrastructure provider that offers staking solutions such as liquid staking and delegated staking. Its AnkrX tokens provide stakers with rewards, transaction fees, farming rewards, and manual compounding. Ankr’s governance token plays a central role in the new decentralised Ankr Network, and the potential growth of node infrastructure may increase following the Shanghai Upgrade. Despite limited superiority to fellow liquid staking tokens and negative PR from the Ankr exploit in 2022, Ankr has managed to earn itself a spot within the top 10 LSD protocols.
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