Cosmos (ATOM) price has increased 240% since the beginning of February as excitement builds for the approaching Stargate upgrade on Feb. 18 that will help connect all Cosmos-based chains together using Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC).
Data from Cointelegraph Markets and TradingView shows that ATOM was trading at a price of $7.83 on Feb. 1 before a series of positive announcements, including the ability to stake ATOM on Binance, helped lift the token to a new all-time high of $26.68 on Feb. 16.
ATOM/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView
Stargate has been a much-anticipated upgrade for the Cosmos community as the introduction of IBC will enable the exchange of transactions of value and data across compatible chains.
Cosmos-based blockchains are currently siloed and unable to communicate or interact in a secure way. IBC is expected to help bring the separate chains together into the new Cosmos Network ecosystem.
Other features included in the upgrade are the Protobuf migration, which helps accelerate front-end