Ethereum is Losing Ground to EOS, TRON, and Tezos

Competing protocols are eating away at Ethereum’s market dominance. TRON (TRX), EOS (EOS), and Tezos (XTZ) have all been gaining traction since launching their respective mainnets in 2018.

Bitassist Research & Advisory has conducted an in-depth comparison of four of the leading protocols: Ethereum (ETH), EOS (EOS), TRON (TRX), and Tezos (XTZ). In collaboration with Omenics, “The Battle of the Protocols” investigates the four leading protocols in the cryptocurrency space.

Ethereum is naturally the largest, but its competitors — EOS, TRON, and Tezos — have been gaining in popularity since launching their respective mainnets in 2018.

Here are some of the metrics analyzed in Bitassist’s findings.

Ethereum is Slow, EOS is Fast

One of the main metrics analyzed is transactions-per-second (TPS), the rate at which new data can be added and confirmed on the network.

Bitassist considers this to be fundamental to adoption and, moreover, is the most intuitive way to judge the relative strength of each of these protocols. It is also notably the one metric where Ethereum lags the most behind its competitors:

Ethereum: The Most Decentralized Protocol

According to Bitassist, a decentralized network is one which prevents a single entity from having decision-making influence. When the four protocols are compared, Ethereum still comes out as being the most decentralized:

Because EOS and TRON are only quasi-decentralized, this partly explains why their TPS counts are much higher than Ethereum’s.

Ethereum: The Most Distributed

Node count is another metric of a healthy protocol. Whereas decentralization refers to governance, node count refers to how well the protocol is dispersed. This is incredibly important when it comes to censorship-resistance, as Bitassist notes.

Ethereum currently boasts the largest number of active nodes, with over 5,000 online as of May 21, 2019. However, the number of nodes have plummeted since summer 2018, when there were some 16,000 of them.

Still, competing protocols are far behind. TRON is second-highest with 1,289 nodes. Tezos and EOS pale in comparison with only 78 and 72 block producers, respectively.

Ethereum’s Scaling Problems

On-chain activity allows us to draw conclusions on the relative value of a protocol. However, on-chain activity can be measured with various different metrics from daily active users to median transaction value. Bitwise documents all of these metrics in its report:

The key takeaway is that Ethereum is severely limited by its failure to scale and its competitors have been eating into its on-chain activity since February of last year.

Other Metrics

Bitassist’s report also documents other metrics such as dApp usage, community sentiment and buzz, and how each protocol has performed in the market since Q3 2017.

Overall, the report is an in-depth investigation into four of the leading protocols without any absolutist statements on the value of each protocol’s native currency. It is clear, however, that Ethereum has been steadily losing ground to TRON, EOS, and Tezos.

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