The whole community has been waiting, patiently for the most part, for HIP55 and the Light Hotspot Update to be applied and activated. The Light Hotspots activation is the largest update to the Helium network since Validators last year and the core developers have been working hard to ensure a smooth deployment.
This week the core team identified a few changes that require another update by various network participants and is moving the activation date to provide participants ample time to upgrade. No action required by Hotspot owners.
To ensure blockchain components continue to work as expected all network participants must upgrade their software to the appropriate version by 2022-05-11 00:00:00 UTC.
Activation of Light Hotspots will take place shortly after.
Note some components will have releases later this week but Helium wanted to communicate this change early. Helium will continue to update this announcement as releases become available.
Validators: currently beta (https://github.com/helium/miner/releases/tag/validator1.9.1)
Blockchain Node: https://github.com/helium/blockchain-node/releases/tag/1.1.62
Router: TBD (later this week)
Hotspot Firmware / Makers: TBD (later this week)
Source: Official Helium Community Discord