The Elastos Foundation is pleased to announce that the number of TV Box units equipped with Elastos Carrier has reached the 1,000,000 mark through our hardware collaboration with Shanghai Shijiu TV. Originally released in August of 2018, these TV boxes are the initial set of internet-connected devices containing a node on Elastos Carrier — our P2P network of directly connected nodes that circumvents the traditional “client-server” model where one’s computer (or “client”) has to contact a centralized server in order to pull information. With this announcement, Elastos becomes the first Web 3.0 project to reach the milestone of one million distributed nodes.
Rong Chen, Elastos Foundation Chairman, said: “In less than half a year, we have more than exceeded our pre-beta goal of 40k network nodes. With the deployment of over one million Elastos Carrier nodes, we can unequivocally say that there is no other Web 3.0 project with this much network infrastructure in the homes of so many retail consumers.”
Through the use of the Elastos Carrier, users and applications on the web have the ability to directly communicate with each other by routing information through a network that scales as more nodes join and participate. With the deployment of over 1 million nodes, over 400,000 of which have been activated, the Elastos Carrier Network is uniquely positioned to achieve retail popularization of this new web paradigm.
“Our developers plan on leveraging this first mover advantage to not only deploy new features within the network, but also to rapidly onboard new people into the movement. Once users realize that they can participate in the web’s next evolutionary stage by simply turning on a switch with a remote, they’re infinitely more likely to be interested in what Web 3.0 has to offer in the context of the dangers plaguing our current web landscape,” said Chen.
This rapid expansion coincides with an important network update that enables a “Decentralized ID” (DID) sidechain, which provides both individuals and digital assets in the ecosystem with a unique digital ID, allowing users to truly own their assets online. In addition, users will have the ability write data to the DID sidechain, meaning that when information is called by a third party DApp, users can maintain control of their personal data.
We are also pleased to announce that following our Ecosystem Partnership Meetup in January, two of our partners, Shijiu TV and Titan have formed a partnership that has given the Titan team 1000 TV set-top boxes to be used for their testing of P2P Content Distribution Networks to support streaming of high quality videos.
In the future, we hope to see the Elastos Carrier TV set-top boxes used to support new features and to support the IoT and smart home industry. Also in the future, more modules can be remotely incorporated into the TV boxes.