Key Takeaway: The NEAR Protocol is a far more advanced Layer 1 smart contract platform than Fantom Opera. NEAR has built-in sharding features, which is infinitely more scaleable than Fantom's consensus mechanism.
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Is NEAR better than Fantom?
The NEAR protocol has exploded on the scene in 2022 and is touted to be the next major Layer 1 protocol. The hype is underpinned by their unique sharding design, that allows them to scale with infinite chains across the network.
Fantom on the other-hand was popular throughout 2021, however has started to slow down in growth and Total Value Locked on-chain. The table below provides a high-level overview for a quick comparison.
NEAR Protocol Scaling vs Fantom
NEAR Protocol has the best scaling design out of all Layer 1 platforms. Their sharding mechanism allows for other smart contract platforms, or Layer 2's, to deploy on-top of NEAR to facilitate fast and cheap transfers. The first chain to deploy on NEAR is called Aurora, which gained over $1 Billion in total-value locked in a matter of weeks.
Fantom on the other-hand is a reasonably simple fork of GETH with a small set of validators, which makes transactions on the network incredibly fast. However, this does not scale well when there is a high demand for transactions and has cause scaling and throttling issues for the network before.
With that said, we firmly believe NEAR Protocol has the superior long-term prospects to scale.
Is DeFi better on NEAR or FTM?
As at time of writing, the DeFi ecosystem on Fantom is a little more built out with hundreds applications on the network. With that said, a lot of them have very little TVL and have shown a propensity to 'rug-pull' or completely exit-scam their investors.
NEAR Protocol on the other hand has very few DeFi applications, but they are all incredibly secure and backed by the largest investors in the crypto space. We recommend checking out the most popular money-market and lending app on Aurora called Bastion Protocol.
Best NFT Marketplaces on NEAR Protocol and FTM
Both NEAR Protocol and Fantom are not really known for their NFT ecosystems. NFTs are generally more popular on chains like Ethereum mainnet, Avalanche and Solana. With that said, here is a shortlist of NFT Marketplaces on NEAR and FTM:
Near Protocol NFT Marketplaces:
Fantom NFT Marketplaces:
How to Transfer Tokens to NEAR and Fantom
If you are looking to transfer assets to the NEAR Protocol or Fantom Opera Network from Ethereum or another Layer 1 - you will need to use a bridge. For more information we recommend you check out our guides on how to bridge to NEAR from ETH, and how to bridge to FTM.