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Has Arbitrum gained the top spot in the L2 space? According to these factors…

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  • Arbitrum reached new highs in terms of transaction volume.
  • Low development activity and stablecoin usage raised concerns.

According to a 20 February tweet by Wu Blockchain, Arbitrum’s transaction volume had reached new heights, as the scaling solution’s transaction volume reached $2.62 billion and witnessed a 34% spike. If the trend continued, Arbitrum could go toe-to-toe with Ethereum [ETH] soon.


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As can be observed from Dune Analytics’ data, the number of transactions on Arbitrum was on its way to match Ethereum’s transaction frequency.

Source: Dune Analytics

One reason for the growing number of transactions would be the declining transaction fees on the protocol. As the transaction fees of Arbitrum continued to decline, it would make it easier for users to make transactions on the protocol.

The high transaction volume also impacted the overall TVL collected by Arbitrum, which increased materially over the last few weeks. In terms of TVL, Arbitrum outperformed other L2 solutions, such as Polygon [MATIC] and Optimism [OP] as well.

Source: L2Beat

This surge in TVL also impacted the overall revenue generated by Arbitrum. According to Token Terminal’s data, the overall revenue generated by Arbitrum had increased by 80% over the last 30 days. This revenue can be used to improve the network and bring in new capabilities.

Some areas of concern for Arbitrum

However, despite the growing revenue, the revenue wasn’t being used for the betterment of the protocol. This was signified by the declining number of active developers on the network. Over the past week, the number of active developers decreased by 4.1%. This suggested that the frequency with which contributions were being made to Arbitrum’s GitHub declined.

Source: Token Terminal

Another alarming indicator was the declining use of stablecoins on the network. According to Santiment’s data, the network growth of stablecoins such as MakerDAO [DAI], USD Coin [USDC], and Tether [USDT] decreased materially over the past month. This implied that new addresses were not using stablecoins on the Arbitrum network.


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Source: Santiment

Even though the overall transaction volume on Arbitrum was high, the decline in stablecoin growth could create problems for the network in the future.

It remains to be seen whether Arbitrum will overcome these challenges in the future and retain its position in the L2 space.

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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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