Ethereum Core developer Tim Beiko has reiterated that the Ethereum testnet Ropsten is shutting down. According to an announcement published on the official Ethereum website, the Ropsten network will be shut down in the coming weeks.
As previously announced, the Ropsten testnet is shutting down 🌅
Several infra providers & validators have already stopped supporting the network, and we expect the remaining ones to turn off their nodes in the coming weeks.
Full announcement here: https://t.co/NeuiIyD02s
— timbeiko.eth (@TimBeiko) November 30, 2022
This follows a gradual sunsetting over the past few months in which infrastructure providers gradually stopped supporting the network and validator participation rates have been steadily declining.
The great bulk of the remaining validator nodes will be shut down between Dec. 15 and 31, 2022. After that, Ropsten will no longer be supported by the client team, the testing team or the infrastructure team.
The release states that Rinkeby, which will remain operational until mid-2023 to provide users and application developers with the time to move to either Goerli or Sepolia, would be the next testnet to ride off into the sunset.
The Rinkeby testnet is not considered to support future network upgrades, nor will it be a feature-equivalent replica of the Ethereum mainnet anymore.
Casa adds Ethereum support
Casa, a popular Bitcoin self-custody firm, is adding Ethereum support to its platform, which some may find surprising because it is perceived as a purely Bitcoin-inclined firm. According to the company, a revamped version of the Casa app will debut in January.
Today, we announced a huge update for @CasaHODL members, our most requested feature for a long time — we are adding support for ethereum in Casa.
This is a major expansion in Casa’s security capabilities and a big step toward bringing private key management to the world. 1/
— Nick Neuman (@Nneuman) November 30, 2022
In other news, Phantom, a noncustodial wallet and originally a Solana-native product, is now launching on Ethereum to allow a large user base across Web3 to interact with NFTs and decentralized applications.
At the time of publication, Ethereum’s ETH was changing hands at $1,277, up 1% in the last 24 hours.