Ethereum developers have set their sights on March 14 as the target date for the implementation of the Shanghai upgrade on the Goerli test network. The upgrade will enable the withdrawal of staked ether (ETH) from the blockchain, a feature that has been highly anticipated by the Ethereum community.
The Goerli test network is the largest public Ethereum testnet and the last chance for staking providers to ensure that staked ETH is withdrawable before the Shanghai upgrade reaches the mainnet. The Ethereum developers agreed on the targeted date during their biweekly call on Thursday, February 23.
Testing on Sepolia testnet Successful
Earlier this week, the Sepolia testnet underwent the Shapella upgrade, and Ethereum developers confirmed that the upgrade ran smoothly. The successful implementation on the Sepolia testnet indicates that the Shanghai upgrade is ready for deployment on the Goerli test network.
The Importance of the Goerli Testnet
The Goerli test network is a critical step in the process of implementing the Shanghai upgrade on the Ethereum mainnet. It serves as a testing ground for developers to identify and resolve potential issues before the upgrade is rolled out to the larger Ethereum network.
According to Ethereum core developers, the Goerli test network will undergo the Shapella upgrade three to four weeks before the Ethereum mainnet, which suggests that staked ETH withdrawals will occur in April, slightly later than the original timeline set by Ethereum developers for March.
The Shanghai Upgrade
The Shanghai upgrade is a highly anticipated development in the Ethereum community, as it will enable the withdrawal of staked ETH from the blockchain. The successful testing on the Sepolia testnet indicates that the upgrade is ready for deployment on the Goerli test network, which is the largest public Ethereum testnet. The Ethereum developers have agreed on a target date of March 14 for the implementation of the upgrade on the Goerli testnet, which is a critical step before the upgrade is rolled out to the Ethereum mainnet.