The testnet for Cardano’s staking era will be open to all stake pool operators on June 9

As the Cardano team transitions to the next milestone in the roll-out plan for the upcoming Shelley upgrade, things are moving quickly, according to Tim Harrison, the marketing and communications director at IOHK. A new phase for Shelley is about to begin, as the testnet for Cardano’s staking era will be open to all equity group executives on June 9. Since May, the Friends and family testnet has been open. only to a select group of about 50 stake pool operators who were set to pave the way for more operators that want to join in.

A new phase for Shelley is about to begin, as the testnet for Cardano’s staking era will be open

In a video shared on Twitter, Harrison announced that the Shelley testnet would be open to all stake pool operators on Jun. 9. Any stake pool operator will be free to join the testnet, including those that set up and ran stake pools on the Shelley Incentivized Testnet (ITN).

Harrison said that the testnet Shelley is set to enter a new phase – Cardano’s staking era – one that brings the network closer to the mainnet release.

He shared:

“On June 9, we’re entering a new phase for Cardano. The Shelley testnet will open up to any operator who wants to set up a Cardano stake pool, ready for staking, and delegation on mainnet later this summer… There will be bugs and a few bumps in the road still. But our pioneer community has been doing an excellent job of bashing and smoothing things out with well over 60 pools now up to running, and they’ll be around to help.”

However, he noted that users shouldn’t expect smooth sailing all the way—despite this being the closest thing to the actual Shelley mainnet, the environment is still a testnet that’s bound to be ripe with bugs and issues.

Last week, Christopher Greenwood, Cardano’s head of delivery, commented on the progress made in the friends and family testnet. He said the pioneers have been overwhelmingly satisfied with the experience or running stake pools.

He said:

“The pioneers have gone through all of the exercises in the testnet, which include delegating, changing pool parameters, and transaction submitting, with most saying that the only bugs they encountered were cosmetic. This will help them educate the rest of the operators that join in on the testnet, removing much of the burden from IOHK itself.”

Those who are interested in setting up and running stake groups on testnet Shelley can access all the necessary documents on the official testnet website.

Shelley’s Testnet opens the door for all stakeholder operators tomorrow to be on track with their previous plans. Getting more people into Shelley’s test environment is the last step the company will take to move Cardano from an alliance to a decentralized proof-of-stake system.

When it comes to Shelley’s plans, Harrison said earlier today that placing bets on Shelley’s leading network will be available in August. That means ADA holders will have to wait late summer to be able to join the network by staking or delegating.

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Source: IntoTheBlock

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