The Ethereum network has just reached a new all-time high for daily transactions.
Gas costs are skyrocketing
Users wonder if the capacity of Ethereum 2.0 could handle a growing number of users.
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Ethereum is on a roll. The blockchain network has just hit a new all-time high for daily transactions as gas costs skyrocket.
Ethereum’s daily trading flow has been fueled by a frenzy in the decentralized finance ( DeFi ) space, and one that has caused turmoil in the market. According to the Ethereum daily trading chart, the all-time high was reached on September 17, when the number of daily trades rose to 1,406,016. The last time it only came close to these levels was in January. 2018, when the ICO craze was at its height.
Soaring gas costs
Gas fees, meanwhile, have skyrocketed lately, with average Ethereum transaction fees hovering over $ 11 on September 17 before declining a bit to $ 7.60 on September 18. Part of the allure of sending cryptocurrency transactions is believed to be the low fees which are below the market rate. Rising gas costs are therefore another obstacle to overcome. It was this trend that prompted Coinbase Pro to stop paying for the expenses, choosing instead to pass the Ethereum gas fees to its users.
The frenetic pace of Ethereum trading has put network scalability issues back in the spotlight. While the cryptocurrency community has been waiting for Ethereum 2.0 for years, the question remains whether the next iteration of the network will be the solution users have been waiting for.
Economist and trader Alex Kruger suggested in a tweet that the number of DeFi users could be around 114,000, based on quick calculations. He points out that this is a low base compared to Coinbase, which has 32 million users, and therefore has „huge room for growth.“
The whole CryptoKitties fiasco that the Ethereum network got bogged down in is not so far in user memory. If new users are flooding the DeFi space and the network capacity is already overloaded, can the crypto community expect Ethereum 2.0 to be able to handle that load?