NEM Announces Public Testnet Launch, Introduces New Product: "SYMBOL From NEM," A Next-Gen Full-Feature Blockchain Engine

NEM rebrands enterprise blockchain solution and opens public testnet to partners, community, and consumers

NEW YORK--()--The NEM Foundation has announced the public testnet and new name for SYMBOL From NEM, the blockchain platform developed under the codename “Catapult.” SYMBOL is a full-featured solution for enterprises supported by a plugin engine that allows effortless interoperability and configuration. SYMBOL’s plugins enable digital asset creation, decentralized swaps, multi-level multi-signature accounts, advanced account systems, business logic modeling, and interaction between public and private data. In addition to the public release of SYMBOL as a brand, the NEM Foundation invites developers and enthusiasts to join the SYMBOL public chain testnet.

Chief Technical Officer of NEM Foundation Nate D’Amico said: “SYMBOL is built for scale with frictionless onboarding and adoption for developers and faster POC to production development. We’re excited to welcome the community and partners to participate in our testnet in preparation for becoming validators on our mainnet.”

As unveiled during the successful NEM community vote, SYMBOL embodies a new brand and direction for NEM’s enterprise-focused blockchain solution, which reached complete status at the end of 2019. The subsequent testnet launch is in preparation for the mainnet scheduled to go live in the first half of 2020.

NEM Foundation President Alexandra Tinsman said: “Our goal is to transform the way enterprises do business. We sought to build a secure and flexible solution that reduces costs and business friction, increases trust, and expands the flow of ideas to accelerate innovation. The SYMBOL blockchain does all this for a multitude of industries.”

Following the launch of the SYMBOL token, the XEM token will remain as a functioning currency on the NIS1 platform. SYMBOL will coexist alongside the original NIS1 chain—a token allocation opt-in process is currently underway. Current XEM token holders may elect to opt-in on a 1:1 basis for their SYMBOL tokens before or after the snapshot of XEM balances is taken. After the snapshot has occurred, the opt-in period will be several years.

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Layla Tabatabaie

Release Summary

The NEM Foundation has announced the public testnet and new name for SYMBOL From NEM


Layla Tabatabaie