According to a recent report by Reuters that cites data from Chainalysis, a provider of cryptocurrency tracking tools to companies and law enforcement, Bitcoin’s inability to scale and dramatic price volatility has likely played a role in the drop of its use in payments.
“There would have to be a stability requirement if it is to become another form of money,” said Joni Teves, a strategist at UBS in London. “But one thing that would take bitcoin into the mainstream is scalability — is it able to process the value or volume of transactions that money tends to do?”
While Bitcoin’s utility as a form of payment has retracted over the last year, the Lightning Network, a “second layer” payment protocol that operates on top of the Bitcoin blockchain, has surged to a network capacity of more than 332 BTC, roughly equalling $1.8 million.
According to data from 1ML, the network capacity of the Lightning Network has surged nearly 200% in a month, while the number of nodes increased a little over 8% in the same period.
The Lightning Network works to bring transactions and payment settling off-chain, to reduce the time and fees associated with Bitcoin transactions.
BTC is currently trading for $4,536, giving the largest cryptocurrency a $78.87 billion market cap and a 56% weight in the AltDex 100 Cryptocurrency Index (ALT100), a benchmark index for large-cap cryptocurrencies and tokens.
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