Bitcoin transaction fees skyrocketed up to 250% over the past month as the BTC blocks increased as they were in December 2017. The latest cryptocurrency news gives you some more detail why could this be the case.
The latest research shows that the bitcoin blocks reached a size similar to the one in 2017 when Bitcoin peaked up to $20,000. The bitcoin transaction fees were also a lot lower at that time because SegWit usage also increased in the intervening months. As the diar research point out:
“On-chain volume still heavily used for ramping on and off exchanges has been the main culprit as traders look for an opportunity with the price of Bitcoin rising 43% during April resulting in full blocks (see chart 3). But SegWit, the scalability solution that addresses the issue has also hit a high with the percentage of blocks using the mechanism averaging 35% alleviating fee pressures. 2018 average SegWit usage was only 26% and only 11% at Bitcoin’s peak highlighting the continued adoption by major players.”
However, the fees increased by 250% month over month. In total, the bitcoin miners managed to collect about $14 million in fees alone. SegWit wallets and services are now decreasing the fees as expected. The usage of SegWit is reportedly around 35% currently and it is expected to continue to rise if more services are keen on saving the money. If this figure goes any higher, the network will become more accessible.
With transactions taking a lot less space, the cost for each byte for operations can also be lower. Users will also be looking into alternative methods in order to try and save their satoshis including the usage of the Lightning Network. Users, who will want to confirm their transactions faster, will have to pay a higher bitcoin transaction fee and will have their payment processed sooner.
The Lightning Network usage is also growing at least this is what the coming altcoin news report. The LN nodes number also increased by 5%. For example, Toronto has more nodes than any other city with a total of 1,200 channels. The LN has the capacity to transfer about 1,000 BTC in a matter of seconds.
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Stefan has been writing articles for DCForecasts since 2016 in-house full time. As one of our main cryptocurrency writers, he focuses on covering the latest cryptocurrency news, technical charts, price analyses of coins and press releases. When he is not exploring and covering the latest topics in crypto, you can find Stefan playing basketball, tennis or cycling.
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