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USDC Comparison on Ethereum, Polygon, Stellar and Solana

Eric Richards
Post by Eric Richards
July 17, 2023
USDC Comparison on Ethereum, Polygon, Stellar and Solana

When it comes to facilitating transactions with USD Coin (USDC), choosing the right network can have a significant impact on your operations. Among the many blockchain options, Ethereum, Polygon, Stellar, and Solana have emerged as the frontrunners, each offering unique benefits.

This article aims to compare these networks on key parameters like transaction speed, costs, and other pertinent factors. Regardless of your choice, remember that Cybrid is here to provide the necessary infrastructure, like a USDC API, to streamline your deployment. Deploy turnkey payment infrastructure that enables digital currencies for faster, cost effective solutions.


Ethereum, the birthplace of the EVM, tokenization and USDC, is a popular choice due to its widespread acceptance, network security and robust nature.

  • Transaction speed: Ethereum's block time averages around 15 seconds but can be delayed significantly during times of network congestion.
    More info on Ethereum Block Time.
  • Costs: Ethereum's gas fees have gained notoriety due to their high and unpredictable nature, fluctuating based on the network load.
    More info on Ethereum Gas Fees.
  • Other Factors: Ethereum boasts extensive tooling and community support, facilitating development and integration. Its smart contract capabilities and secure network make it a reliable choice for many businesses.
    More info on Ethereum Smart Contracts.

Polygon (MATIC):

Polygon, a network compatible with Ethereum, is known for high-speed, low-cost transactions, offering an efficient alternative to the Ethereum network. Polygon comes in many forms of deployment with Proof-of-Stake (PoS) being a popular choice with native USDC support (in addition to bridged versions).

  • Transaction speed: Polygon has an impressive average block time of approximately 2 seconds, providing significantly faster transactions compared to Ethereum.
    More info on Polygon Block Time.
  • Costs: Polygon's transaction costs are minuscule compared to Ethereum, courtesy of its efficient design and proof-of-stake consensus mechanism.
    More info on Polygon Transaction Costs.
  • Other Factors: Polygon’s compatibility with Ethereum allows developers to leverage existing Ethereum tools and skills, facilitating seamless transition and implementation.
    More info on Polygon's Ethereum Compatibility.

Update: Circle now offers native USDC on Polygon.


Stellar is a network designed specifically for issuing and transferring digital representations of all forms of money, making it a suitable platform for stablecoins like USDC.

  • Transaction speed: Stellar’s average block time is 5 seconds, making it faster than Ethereum but slower than Polygon.
    More info on Stellar Block Time.
  • Costs: Transaction fees on Stellar are very low and not subject to the same kind of volatility as Ethereum, offering predictable costs.
    More info on Stellar Fees.


Solana is a high-performance blockchain built for decentralized applications and cryptocurrencies. It stands out with its superior transaction speed and capacity.

Selecting the right network for your USDC use case necessitates careful consideration of factors like transaction speed, costs, and specific project requirements. While Ethereum offers extensive tooling and security, Polygon excels in speed and affordability. Stellar's design caters specifically to the transfer of digital currencies, and Solana stands out for its impressive speed and scalability. Plus there are many more USDC supported networks that we can help unlock.

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Regardless of which network aligns best with your needs, Cybrid is here to simplify the flow of funds. We offer comprehensive financial tooling, providing the end-to-end infrastructure required to operate with USDC across these platforms. Our services range from creating FBO accounts for USD and CAD, MPC wallets for asset storage, to providing seamless crypto integrations, covering both traditional banking and cutting-edge cryptocurrency needs.
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Moreover, with Cybrid, you don't need to worry about maintaining a Circle Account or a previous Circle API integration to handle USDC. We manage USDC liquidity through our Smart Order Router, reducing complexity and helping you operate more efficiently when going USD to USDC or USDC to USD.

By providing versatility, specialized support, and holistic solutions, Cybrid empowers businesses to maximize the benefits of their chosen network, streamline operations, and deliver a superior user experience. Whether you're looking to operate on Ethereum, Polygon, Stellar, or Solana, we’re here to make your journey smooth and successful.

In the ever-evolving landscape of digital finance, Cybrid stands ready to help businesses navigate complexity and seize opportunities. We look forward to supporting your operations on the platform of your choice in 2023 and beyond.

Eric Richards
Post by Eric Richards
July 17, 2023
Eric Richards, the resident crypto expert and consultant at Cybrid, is a dynamic and multi-talented professional with a diverse range of knowledge spanning protocols, dApps, funding, and more. His deep understanding of the crypto ecosystem and its intricacies has positioned him as an invaluable resource in the company's growth and success. In addition to his extensive expertise in the crypto space, Eric has a penchant for writing about the latest developments and news in the industry. His articles often delve into cutting-edge technology and trends, and he takes great pleasure in breaking down complex concepts to make them accessible and engaging for a broader audience. Furthermore, Eric plays a pivotal role in leading Cybrid's marketing initiatives for sales, applying his strategic vision and keen marketing acumen to drive the company's growth. Eric Richards' unique blend of crypto expertise and thought leadership truly sets him apart, making him an integral part of Cybrid's continued success.