Unveiling the Nomenclature: Router Chain’s Testnet will be called Mandara

A Network of Trust-Based Collaboration for Blockchain Interoperability

Router Protocol
3 min readMay 1, 2023

As the blockchain industry continues to grow and evolve, interoperability has become a critical issue. Existing blockchains often operate in silos, missing out on opportunities to benefit from each other through interoperability. However, Router Chain’s upcoming test network, Mandara, seeks to address this issue by providing a platform for decentralised trust-based collaboration between individuals to work towards a common good and unlock significant value for users and developers alike.

On that note, here we are to give our wonderful community a sneak peek of our upcoming Testnet.

The Mandara Test Network

The name of the Mandara test network is not just a catchy title; it carries significant symbolic meaning. Mandara is the name of a mythical mountain that was once used to churn the ocean in search of solutions to the problems facing early Earth. Mandara is symbolic of our decentralised, trust-based collaboration, where strangers can work together towards a common goal. With interoperability being the need of the hour, the Mandara testnet will provide a much-needed solution to bring blockchains together and leverage each other’s benefits.

Sneak Preview

The internal testing of Router Chain has been ongoing, with the team continuously optimising the architecture for the most refined and elegant cross-chain workflows. Earlier, our flow had three major flows — Inbound, Outbound, and CrossTalk with different function calls for executing each of the flows. However, during our internal testnet, we further enhanced it and standardised the function parameters, and created a single unified flow. With this new flow, dApps can have a single function to execute functions across any chain, including initiating requests from a source chain, handling requests on the destination chain, and handling acknowledgment post-completion of requests on the destination chain.

During our internal testing, we also saw significant improvements in terms of gas costs. For instance, transactions from Ethereum to BSC on Router’s CrossTalk (a library that leverages Router’s infrastructure to allow contracts on one chain to communicate with contracts deployed on some other chain) saw a savings of 26%. Similarly, transactions on the Omnichain framework (that leverages the Router chain’s architectural components to allow developers to create seamless cross-chain applications with custom bridging logic) saw savings of approximately 15%.

Moreover, transactions on our cross-chain token transfer and swap platform, Voyager, saw a savings of a whopping 48% when compared to V1. These savings are a testament to our commitment to making cross-chain communication easier, more efficient, and more affordable for everyone.


In conclusion, the Mandara testnet represents an exciting development in the world of decentralised trust-based collaboration. The network aims to promote interoperability and cross-chain workflows, enabling users to benefit from the strengths of different blockchains. The team behind the network has been working hard to ensure the platform is seamless, efficient, and user-friendly. The upcoming sneak preview of the network promises to be an exciting event for the Router Chain community, and we can’t wait to see how the community will use this new platform to achieve their goals.

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Router Protocol is an secure, composable, and modular framework for building interoperable applications. More at https://routerprotocol.com