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Router Protocol’s Journey Towards Bitcoin Interoperability with Rootstock

Exploring the Challenges, Integrating with Rootstock, and Enabling a More Interoperable Web3 Space


In the ever-expanding world of cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin stands as the undisputed pioneer, capturing the imagination of millions and shaping the digital financial landscape. However, despite its prominent status, Bitcoin’s lack of interoperability with other blockchain protocols has raised concerns within the crypto community.

Interoperability, the ability for different systems to seamlessly communicate and work together, is crucial for unlocking the full potential of decentralized finance and fostering innovation. This limitation poses challenges for developers, users, and the broader crypto ecosystem.

In this discussion, today we will delve into the concerns that protocols face due to the lack of Bitcoin interoperability and explore the efforts that we have been putting with Rootstock to bridge this divide, paving the way for a more interconnected and vibrant future for Web3 Space.

Addressing Bitcoin’s Interoperability Gap for Seamless Asset Transfer, DeFi Growth, and Cross-Protocol Innovation

The absence of interoperability between Bitcoin and other protocols has significant implications. It restricts the frictionless transfer of assets between different blockchain networks, necessitating reliance on centralized exchanges or third-party services for exchanging Bitcoin with other cryptocurrencies. This reliance introduces counterparty risk, potential security vulnerabilities, and higher transaction costs. Additionally, the lack of Bitcoin interoperability hampers the growth of decentralized finance (DeFi) applications.

Moreover, the lack of interoperability inhibits cross-chain collaborations and composability, which are crucial for fostering innovation and enhancing user experiences. Interoperability allows protocols to interact and leverage each other’s functionalities, leading to the creation of innovative applications. However, Bitcoin’s isolated nature prevents it from participating in these cross-protocol interactions, potentially impeding innovation and restricting the growth of the broader crypto ecosystem.

Our First Step Towards Bitcoin Interoperability with Rootstock Enabling Better Accessibility, Liquidity, and Innovation

In an effort to tackle the challenge of Bitcoin interoperability, Router Protocol has taken the first step by integrating with Rootstock on its V1 environment. Rootstock is a Bitcoin sidechain that brings EVM-compatible smart contract capabilities to Bitcoin, the world’s most decentralised and secure blockchain. Besides, Rootstock utilizes merge mining, a process that leverages the cryptographic connection and security provided by Bitcoin’s hashing power. This integration allows them to combine the security of Bitcoin with the programmability of Ethereum.

Bitcoins can be seamlessly transferred into the Rootstock blockchain, where they transform into “Smart Bitcoins” represented as $RBTC. These $RBTC tokens retain the same value as their Bitcoin counterparts and can be freely circulated within the Rootstock ecosystem. Importantly, $RBTC tokens can be converted back into Bitcoins, allowing users to maintain the intrinsic value and liquidity of their Bitcoin holdings.

Through the integration with Router Protocol, we provide $USDC and $USDT transfers. This means that users can effortlessly move their tokens between Rootstock and other supported blockchains, enabling interoperability and expanding the utility of their assets.

The integration with Router Protocol not only enhances the efficiency of Bitcoin interoperability but also opens up new possibilities for decentralized applications (dApps) and DeFi protocols. Developers can now leverage the Router Protocol’s ecosystem to build innovative applications and services that harness the power of both Bitcoin and Rootstock. This collaboration paves the way for a more interconnected and vibrant Web3 space, where the benefits of Bitcoin’s proven security and Rootstock’s scalability can be combined to fuel further growth and adoption.

To explore the array of capabilities offered by the Rootstock blockchain on Router Protocol, visit our cross-chain token swap dApp, Voyager:


As the crypto community faces concerns surrounding Bitcoin’s isolation, Router Protocol has already started its journey of finding a solution. However, this is just the beginning. Router Protocol recognizes that there is much more ground to cover to make Bitcoin interoperability a reality. By continuing to explore new partnerships, cutting-edge technologies, and creative solutions, we aim to offer the full potential of decentralized finance that will benefit developers, users, and the broader Blockchain ecosystem.

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