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Bitcoin [BTC]: Lightning Network surpasses 6000 nodes; network capacity up by 15%

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Bitcoin [BTC]: Bitcoin Lightning Network surpasses 6000 nodes; network capacity up by 15%
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Bitcoin has recently been on the positive side of news, and is one of many cryptocurrencies surging in the ecosystem. On the back of the recent bullish pump which saw the price valuation of all top cryptocurrencies experience positive movement, Bitcoin witnessed a low of $3400 and then surged to a high of $3700, before settling at the current price of $3650.90 at press time.

With this recent development in value and also a week of tremendous Twitter spotlight, Bitcoin’s Lightning Network is hitting new highs and records across the board in terms of mainframe implementation. Specifically, in the case of Lightning Torch, a relay transaction being bounced between nodes has already gained active support from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in what became a widely-publicized event last week.

According to data released from the monitoring resource 1ML.com, the website confirmed that the number of active nodes, channels and overall transaction capacity experienced over the month on the Bitcoin’s Lightning Network, are all higher than ever in its thirteen-month since its inception.

In the past 30 days, the network has seen impressive growth in terms of numbers which are as follows,

Number of Lightning nodes: 6,085; up 14.55%

Number of Lightning channels: 24,647; up 27.2%

Network capacity: 656.94 bitcoin (BTC); up 15%

The numbers can be further explained better with the help of charts regarding the network active traffic.

Nodes with and without channels | Source: bitcoinvisuals.com

The blue demographic column in the graph explains the number of nodes with channels the Lightning network has witnessed and the green column the number of nodes without channels.
With channels, the number of active nodes is 3051, whereas without channel it is only 62.

Channels per Node | Source: bitcoinvisuals.com

The graph above demonstrates the number of active channels per node where the blue line indicates no. of channels active in the 90th percentile strength which is at a number of 30 whereas the violet indicates the average strength overall and the number of channels being at 16.

The increase in network size comes as Bitcoin’s “layer 2” payment protocol Lightning Network (also known as “Lightning” or “LN”) continues to grow at a very rapid pace and gain publicity beyond the Bitcoin technical community to be a more user-driven interactive network to get the people familiarized with how the system works.





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Biraajmaan is an engineering graduate who is exploring the ever-changing crypto verse while traversing his passion for cryptocurrency news writing. He is a Chelsea fan and a part-time poet and does not hold any value in cryptocurrencies yet.

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Bitcoin will likely be valued at $100,000 with a market cap of over $2 trillion before the end of 2021

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Bitcoin [BTC] will likely reach $100,000 with a market cap of over $2 trillion before the end of 2021
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The entire cryptocurrency market seems to be on the brighter side of the market since the beginning of the year. A majority of the coins have recorded significant recoveries from their 2018 slump, a period during which most coins lost over 90 percent of their value, when compared to their all-time highs. Among all the coins in the market, Bitcoin [BTC] aka the digital gold, was noted to be making a massive comeback as the coin breached the $11,000 mark after nearly 15 months. The coin however, soon retracted to settle below the $11,000 level.

According to CoinMarketCap, at press time, Bitcoin was trading at $10,887.27 with a market cap of $93.549 billion. The coin recorded a 24-hour trading volume of $20.757 billion for the past 24 hours and saw a massive rise of over 17 percent over the past seven days.

Anthony Pompliano, Co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital Assets, predicted that the largest digital currency could rise to reach $100,000, before the end of 2021. Pomp added that he was around 70-75 percent confident in this prediction. He stated,

“As I have previously said, making predictions is difficult […] Part of my process as a professional money manager is forming a thesis (price target), identifying a timeline (date), and establishing a confidence level. And then constantly re-evaluating those three aspects of my thought process as I receive new information.”

Pomp however, listed six pointers that have to be understood beforehand. First, this prediction is not an investment advice, and people should do their own research before investing in the digital currency. The second is with respect to Bitcoin’s volatility, with Pomp remarking that since it was a highly volatile market, the coin could witness a significant fall before being valued at $100,000. He stated,

“I anticipate that there will be numerous 20-30% drawdowns from new all-time highs as the asset continues to appreciate in value. These mini-boom/bust cycles should not cause panic, but rather need to be understood as natural market dynamics whenever an asset gains significant value in short periods of time.”

Further, the partner of the investment firm stated that the rise would be driven by several catalysts. This includes institutional adoption, exchange-traded funds and retail product approvals, global instability, governments all across the globe manipulating currencies, markets and economy. He went on to state,

“The market cap of Bitcoin will reach $2+ trillion when Bitcoin is worth $100,000. This is less than 1/3 the market cap of gold and less than 1/40 the global money supply.”





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