In 2021, we saw the biggest commissions on the ETH network since its launch. There have been many reactions to it.
People from all across the cryptosphere have their own views on what is next for the number two cryptocurrency.
There is an opinion of developers, there is also an opinion of miners, and of course investors. In terms of Eth 2.0, which is expected at some point in the not so distant future, the platform is going to change the way it operates, and the way it is used and viewed by developers, miners and investors.
ETH 2.0 in a nutshell is a several year long plan to improve the scalability and security of the ETH network. It is being designed to ensure ETH’s core principles of decentralization are not compromised.
It’s clear, if this upgrade is delivered as planned, the ETH network will be able to handle an exponentially higher amount of transactions per second, vastly improving its usability, and perhaps its growth and adoption.
The launch of the EIP-1559, which is expected but not 100% confirmed for June this year, as part of the “London” hardfork, aims to introduce a mechanism to adjust the current auction process, which determines the value of transactions.
Commissions will also be adjusted dynamically, so users can pay the lowest bid per block. As a result, commissions will be burned off dynamically, reducing issuance before the proof-of-stake consensus algorithm is run.
The implication of this is within the next few years, ETH could become the world’s hardest-earned asset on the world’s most secure blockchain, and potentially dethrone BTC from the top of the cryptocurrency leaderboard.
As it stands ETH has a gas fee problem. This problem has allowed many other smart contract platforms to grow and develop, giving ETH even more competition.
For example, we have seen projects like the Binance Smart Chain gain immeasurable amounts of attention. It will be interesting as well as exciting to see how the markets will react to all of the improvements the ETH Foundation has lined up for the crypto space.
The logic is that if Eth 2.0 delivers on its promises of low commission, high availability, supply burn, and benefits from the explosive growth in decentralized finance (defi) that is reshaping the cryptocurrency and blockchain ecosystem, ETH’s price can only go one way, up.
By Alex Peresichan, CTO of Zenfuse. Zenfuse is a trading platform with built-in connectivity to major exchanges, next-generation tools, analytics, portfolio management, and news aggregation. All delivered in an ecosystem that is fully extendable by developers.
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