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Binance Pool Sheds 50% of Litecoin Hashrate Ahead of Third LTC Halving

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By Дарья Краснова
Translated David Thomas
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In Brief

  • Binance's LTC hashrate has dropped from 69 TH/s in January to 28 TH/s, making it the seventh-largest LTC producer.
  • Binance Pool now accounts for only 3.6% of LTC hashrate, while ViaBTC controls 33% of all Litecoin production.
  • The third Litecoin halving will reduce block reward to 3,600 LTC, potentially prompting miners to upgrade equipment.
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The Litecoin (LTC) mining hashrate in Binance’s pool has fallen from 69 terahashes/second (TH/s) in January to 28 TH/s as miners face the imminent halving of block rewards.

The pool has fallen from its dominant perch in January to become the seventh-largest LTC producer.

Cause of Lower LTC Production Uncertain

As a result, Binance Pool now only accounts for 3.6% of the LTC hashrate despite connections with the namesake exchange, which is the largest by trading volume. At the same time, Binance’s share has been absorbed by Poolin, F2Pool, and viaBTC, all of whom have seen their shares of hashrate rise since the start of 2023.

ViaBTC currently controls 33% of all Litecoin production. F2Pool and Antpool offer the network just under a third of the computing power for confirming transactions.

So far, the reasons for the decline in Binance Pool’s share remain unclear. However, legal action in several countries, including the United States of America, may have caused miners to flee. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently accused Binance and its CEO, Changpeng Zhao, of violating securities laws.

Litecoin Halving Could Force Miners to Upgrade

Presently, Litecoin’s hashrate is approximately 780 TH/s, with miners earning about 7,200 LTC per mined transaction block. However, the imminent third Litecoin halving will reduce Litecoin’s block reward to 3,600 LTC.

Read more about Litecoin mining here.

The lower reward may encourage miners to upgrade equipment to models offering a higher hashrate to improve their chances of earning the reward.

Additionally, analysts say Litecoin’s price has already reached a local maximum and is unlikely to breakout above a $115 resistance level after the halving. The asset is currently trading at roughly $93.

The Binance mining pool loses 50% share of mining power ahead of halving that is unlikely to push Litecon above $115
LTC/USD 6-month price chart | Source: TradingView

The halving will take place on Aug. 3, 2023.

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David Thomas
David Thomas graduated from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban, South Africa, with an Honors degree in electronic engineering. He worked as an engineer for eight years, developing software for industrial processes at South African automation specialist Autotronix (Pty) Ltd., mining control systems for AngloGold Ashanti, and consumer products at Inhep Digital Security, a domestic security company wholly owned by Swedish conglomerate Assa Abloy. He has experience writing software in C,...
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