Mainnet launches are perhaps the most anticipated part of any blockchain since they make the network available to the general public. Quite a few mainnet launches are scheduled for 2018. It is the time when the projects must deliver on the promises that were made in the previous year.
2018 is full of projects which are migrating from the wings of other blockchains and preparing to take flight on their own. Before we take a look at the top mainnet launches that you should look out for in 2018, let’s understand what a mainnet is.
What is a mainnet?
The mainnet of a blockchain is the network wherein the actual transactions occur on a distributed ledger. Essentially, every blockchain project has a mainnet. The mainnet carries out the functionality of transferring digital currency from senders to receivers. That is to say, mainnets are the end products which are available to the public to use.
Mainnet can be understood as opposed to a testnet which is primarily used by developers for testing and developing decentralised applications. With that, here are the 2018 Mainnet Launches to look out for –
NULS (NULS) –May 31st, 2018
NULS is a platform that has been working to deliver a customised modular blockchain ecosystem that allows for smart contracts, cross-chain consensus, and multi-chain mechanisms.
The project is aimed at creating a frictionless experience which allows interaction between consumers and businesses through multiple blockchains, smart contracts, and programming language.
The NULS mainnet launch is due on May 31st, 2018.
The network has kept a low profile for the majority of 2018 but its successful testnet completion on March 31st earned the investors’ confidence.
Token Value Information
Circulating Supply: 40,000,000 NULS
Market Cap: $142,605,600 USD
ICO price: $0.103 USD
Current price: $3.57 USD
Where can you buy NULS?
NULS is listed on and can be bought from exchanges such as Binance, Bit-Z, Kucoin, etc.
EOS (EOS) –June 2, 2018
Similar to Ethereum, EOS is a blockchain platform for the development of decentralised applications. The platform offers a construct similar to an operating system in nature upon which applications can be built and developed.
This software will provide accounts, authentication, cloud storage, server hosting, asynchronous communication, databases, and the scheduling of applications, therefore, resulting in a technology that is capable of processing millions of transactions per second with eliminated user fee allowing for the quick and user-friendly development of dapps.
The EOS mainnet launch is scheduled on June 2, 2018.
One of the most catching aspects of the project is that it does not require for its users to learn a new language. They can use C++ for programming, something that Ethereumm fails to offer.
The market valuation of EOS is above $15 billion USD which is what makes the launch more exciting.
Token Value Information
Total Supply: 900,000,000 EOS
Circulating Supply: 887,755,687 EOS
Market Cap: $10,609,923,316 USD
ICO price: $1.07 USD
Current price: $11.95 USD
Where can you buy EOS?
EOS is listed on and can be bought from exchanges such as Binance, UpBit, OKEX, Bitfinex etc. Indian crypto traders can buy EOS from exchanges such as Zebpay, Koinex, Coindelta, and BitBNS.
Ontology (ONT) –June 2018 (exact date TBA)
Ontology is a rather revolutionary blockchain platform as it allows businesses with zero previous knowledge of distributed networks to use blockchain technology. It is an open, public, decentralised platform working towards removing the barriers between the blockchain and the business sector.
The network has been designed for all kinds of businesses and it caters to their different needs by using a chain-based infrastructure wherein chains at 4 levels verify people, wealth, things, and organisations; verify applications and links them together; verify and link modules, protocols, SDK, and APIs; and links all the different chains together.
The Ontology mainnet launch is due in June 2018.
The network is yet to announce the exact date but it will be quite ambitious for the network to launch their mainnet in June given that their ICO ended in January 2018 and the testnet was launched on March 30th itself.
But that would also mean that the project is making significant progress in a small amount of time speaking for its promptness.
Token Value Information:
Total Supply: 1,000,000,000 ONT
Circulating Supply: 122,972,076 ONT
Market Cap: $773,411,966 USD
ICO price: $3.35 USD
Current price: $6.29 USD
Where can you buy ONT?
ONT is listed on and can be bought from exchanges such as Binance, Huobi, OKEX, etc. Indian crypto traders can buy ONT from exchanges such as Koinex and BitBNS.
VeChain (VEN/VET) –June 30th
VeChain platform has been created to integrate IoT and blockchain aimed at building a trust-free and distributed ecosystem that enables a transparent flow of information along with effective collaboration and high-speed value transferring.
The VeChain mainnet launch is due on June 30th, 2018.
This launch could be the most interesting launch on the list because VeChain has a diverse range of use cases combined with incredible partnerships all over the globe. Moreover, their testnet was launched on May 1 and the team has been continuously updating the community about the progress it has been making.
Also, the launch will bring a shift from the ERC-20 based VEN token to the VeChain based token VET.
Token Value Information:
Total Supply: 873,378,637 VEN
Circulating Supply: 526,047,017 VEN
Market Cap: $1,830,559,451 USD
ICO price: $0.255 USD
Current price: $3.48 USD
Where can you buy VEN?
VEN is listed on and can be bought from exchanges such as Binance, Huobi, Lbank, Bithumb etc. Indian crypto traders can buy VEN from BitBNS.
Hitesh Malviya is the Founder of ItsBlockchain. He is one of the most early adopters of blockchain & cryptocurrency enthusiast in India. After being into space for a few years, he started IBC in 2016 to help other early adopters learn about the technology.
Before IBC, Hitesh has founded 4 companies in the cyber security & IT space.
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