Soaring Gas FeesGas fees, meanwhile, have skyrocketed of late, with the average ether transaction fee hovering at more than $11 on Sept. 17 before easing a bit to $7.60 on Sept. 18. Part of the charm of sending cryptocurrency transactions is suppose to be the low fees that are below the market rate, so rising gas fees are another hurdle to overcome. It is a trend that prompted Coinbase Pro to stop shouldering the expense, choosing instead to pass along Ethereum gas fees to its users
Another record for #Ethereum this week – all time high in number of Transactions. Yes, gas fees were insane but let's celebrate all victories pic.twitter.com/vcsYSzqmST— Coin Bureau (guy.eth)🕵🏻 (@coinbureau) September 19, 2020
People buying $ETH so that they can pay gas fees to collect helicopter money in the form of $UNI, driving up the price of $ETH is the most "crypto" thing I have seen in a while.— The Wolf Of All Streets (@scottmelker) September 17, 2020
Ethereum 2.0The feverish pace of transactions on Ethereum has thrust the network’s scalability issues back into the limelight. While the cryptocurrency community has been awaiting Ethereum 2.0 for seemingly ages, the question still remains as to whether the next iteration of the network will be the solution users are hoping for. Economist and trader Alex Kruger suggested in a tweet that the number of DeFi users could be around 114,000, based on his back of the napkin calculations. He points out that it is a low base compared to Coinbase, which boasts 32 million users, and therefore has “massive room for growth.” The whole CryptoKitties fiasco in which the Ethereum network became clogged isn’t too far in the rearview mirror for users. If new users flood the DeFi space, and the network’s capacity is already over capacity, can the crypto community expect that Ethereum 2.0 will be able to handle this load?
Emmanuel Marchal, managing director and global head of sales at ConsenSys, recently told the Coinscrum podcast that he was “very confident” about Ethereum 2.0’s ability to fix the network’s scaling issues, adding:
Assuming DeFi users have four addreses on average (could be more), there are now 114K users. Small number with massive room for growth. For comparison, Coinbase has 32M users.— Alex Krüger (@krugermacro) September 18, 2020
But Ethereum can't handle 114K users. Will Ethereum 2.0 be able to handle millions of users? How many? pic.twitter.com/ayVMLtjowT
“Ethereum benefits from having the largest community adoption and support, the largest amount of research around it done not by a single company but by a combination of companies and independent developers. And [this has been proven] over the last five years. It’s capable of innovating yet maintaining the security and sovereignty of the ecosystem at work.”The industry is waiting with bated breath.
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