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Ethereum Developers Retry Holesky Testnet Launch

Ethereum developers have successfully relaunched the Holesky test network after a failed attempt earlier this month.

The livestreamed process showed promising results, with developers expressing satisfaction and joking that there won’t be a need for a third attempt.

The digital asset community, including X (formerly Twitter) user “sassal.eth,” praised the efforts to bring Holesky to life, calling it the newest and largest Ethereum testnet by validator count.

The Holesky testnet aims to support large smart contract projects, surpassing the capacity of Ethereum’s current test networks, Goerli and Sepolia.

With an expected 1.4 million validators—double the size of Ethereum—it addresses scaling issues on the testnet.

The initial launch glitch on September 15, meant to coincide with the first anniversary of Ethereum’s transition to a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus mechanism, was caused by the wrong data input in parts of the Genesis files.

Despite the delay, observers emphasized that testnets are designed for such hiccups, and the relaunch positions Ethereum for significant advancements in decentralized applications (dApps).