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Binance opts for the Bitcoin Lightning Network to avoid…

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Unprecedented congestion on Bitcoin in May drove Binance to implement the Lightning network.

Binance opts for the Bitcoin Lightning Network to avoid...

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  •  Binance confirmed that it was working to enable Bitcoin Lightning Network for deposits and withdrawals.
  • The exchange’s token BNB pumped 3.89% in the 24-hour period.

Binance [BNB], the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, took to Twitter to announce a significant enhancement that could influence how the trading platform handles enormous volumes of transactions in the future.


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The crypto behemoth confirmed that it was working to enable Bitcoin [BTC] Lightning Network for deposits and withdrawals, in a response to users who noticed the new lightning nodes over the past few days. However, Binance added that full integration would take some time.

If implemented successfully, Binance will join other big names like Kraken and OKX [OKB] who already have the technology up and running on their respective platforms.

 

Significance of the Lightning Network

The unprecedented congestion on the Bitcoin blockchain in May was what prompted Binance to implement the Lightning network.   Interestingly,  the massive backlog of transactions forced Binance to pause withdrawals twice in a span of 48 hours.

Over time, as Bitcoin has grown in acceptance, the network’s traffic has likewise soared. Given the design limitations of the current network, scaling has become an issue. Moreover, the chain has been consistently struggling with transaction throughput as well.

Lightning Network is a layer-2 solution (L2) on top of the Bitcoin blockchain. It is designed to solve glitches associated with the base network by introducing off-chain transactions.

Put simply, these transactions use direct channels between users. And multiple transactions can be handled without waiting for the blockchain to confirm them. Once these payment channels are closed, the transactions land on the mainnet for confirmation.

Tough times for Binance

Binance’s move comes at a time when it is increasingly facing regulatory hostilities, not just in the U.S., but other major markets too. After being sued by the U.S. SEC earlier this month over financial irregularities, the exchange was facing trouble across European countries.

Also, the negativity has impacted the exchange, especially its American Arm, Binance.US. According to CoinGecko, the daily spot trading volume on the exchange has plunged 80% since the SEC lawsuit.

Source: CoinGecko


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At the time of writing, the exchange’s token BNB pumped 3.89% in the 24-hour period to $251.25, possibly reacting to the embrace of the Lightning Network by parent entity.

Additionally, the token made some recovery over the past week driven by an increase in buying pressure, as per Santiment.

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Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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