Arbitrum, the leading Layer 2 scaling solution for Ethereum, is making significant progress in expanding its ecosystem with the recent addition of Norway’s digital currency and native support for Circle’s USDC stablecoin.

Symfoni Solutions, a facilitator of digital interactions between government services, announced the launch of a bridge connecting Norway’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) with BRØK, an Arbitrum-based platform designed to track and manage shareholder data for unlisted companies.

According to Symfoni, this development paves the way for a new paradigm where traditional banking and decentralized finance intersect, enabling individuals to buy and sell stocks using a digital currency tied to the Norwegian Krone.

Symfoni emphasized that this is not merely a theoretical concept but an actively shaped reality in collaboration with the Norwegian government.

The introduction of the Arbitrum-based NOK token offers programmable features that enable anonymous transactions through stealth addresses, compliance with Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations, predefined maximum limits, and continuous compounding interest.

The utilization of Arbitrum technology for BRØK was initially revealed in June 2022, showcasing Norway’s early adoption of this innovative solution.

As competition in the Layer 2 (L2) network landscape intensifies, Arbitrum is striving to maintain its position as Ethereum’s top L2 solution.

While facing challenges from both established and emerging rivals, Arbitrum’s native ARB token has experienced a 2% increase in value over the past month.

Optimism, the second-ranked L2 network with a 19% market share, recently introduced its Bedrock upgrade, leveraging a modular open-source stack to enhance its technology.

Meanwhile, Matter Labs’ zero-knowledge rollup, zkSync Era, has gained significant traction, securing the third position with $430 million in total value locked (TVL) since its launch just 10 weeks ago.