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Runes Protocol Surges in Transaction Dominance: Here’s Why

Steve Kornacki

BySteve Kornacki

May 6, 2024
Runes Protocol Surges in Transaction Dominance: Here's Why

Bitcoin Runes Dominantes Network Transactions

Bitcoin Runes, a protocol aimed at enhancing efficiency on the Bitcoin network, has reclaimed the lion’s share of transactions on the network. Launched on April 20 alongside the fourth Bitcoin halving, Runes quickly surpassed original Bitcoin transactions, BRC-20 tokens, and Ordinals in daily transaction volume.

Data from Dune Analytics indicates that from April 20 to April 24, transactions associated with the Runes protocol dominated the Bitcoin network, peaking at 81.3% on April 23. This surge temporarily relegated Bitcoin (BTC) transactions to 18.15%, with Ordinals and BRC-20 transactions trailing at 0.1% each.

Despite this initial surge, Runes transaction volumes experienced a consistent decline over the subsequent nine days until May 2. However, from May 3 onwards, the protocol regained momentum, reclaiming a transaction share exceeding 60% on May 4 and 5.

Runes Transaction Surge Boosts Fees

This rapid increase in transaction volume, albeit beneficial for Bitcoin miners due to higher fees, raises concerns about network congestion and associated costs. The Runes protocol generated a substantial 2,253 BTC in fees for miners within 16 days, providing a much-needed boost to their earnings post-Bitcoin halving.

Meanwhile, the declining revenue for Bitcoin miners, which plummeted to under $30 million per day in May, underscores the importance of optimizing operational efficiency. Accordingly, mining firm Bitfarms announced a hefty $240 million investment in upgrading its technology stack. 

This upgrade aims to triple Bitfarms’ hash rate to 21 exahashes per second, enhancing performance and profitability. Bitfarms has also opted to sell most of the BTC it mined over the past two months, redirecting the proceeds towards expanding its mining fleet. 

Bitcoin Blockchain Processes One-Billionth Transaction

In a historic milestone, the Bitcoin blockchain processed its one-billionth transaction on Sunday, May 5. This achievement marks a significant moment for the world’s first decentralized blockchain network, underlining its scalability, security, and seamless transaction processing capability.

Notably, the accomplishment highlights Bitcoin’s ability to operate flawlessly and securely without any centralized intermediary, a core tenet of its design and appeal. Matteo Pallegrini, the founder of the Orange Pill App, reinforced the remarkable milestone comparing Bitcoin network transactions with traditional payment giants like Visa and Mastercard. 

Bitcoin achieved the milestone of one billion transactions in 15 years, whereas Visa took 25 years to reach the same feat. This comparison highlights Bitcoin’s rapid growth and adoption in the payments space, positioning it as a formidable competitor against established players.

Pallegrini highlighted Bitcoin’s ability to thrive in a competitive landscape, despite lacking its competitors’ substantial marketing budgets and extensive employee infrastructure.

Experts Bullish on Broader BTC Adoption 

Market analysts predict a continued surge in Bitcoin adoption, fueled by growing institutional participation and the introduction of regulated products like the spot Bitcoin ETF. The launch of regulated Bitcoin investment funds has witnessed significant demand globally.

Bitcoin analyst Willy Woo compared BTC’s current adoption rate of 4.7% to the level of internet adoption in January 1999. This suggests that Bitcoin is still in its early stages of adoption, leaving ample room for exponential growth akin to the internet’s growth trajectory.

The emergence of second-layer solutions like the Lightning Network and advancements in blockchain technology will likely address scalability concerns and enhance the user experience. In addition to BTCs utility as a digital currency, its role as a hedge against inflation and economic uncertainty continues to resonate with investors worldwide.

Steve Kornacki

Steve Kornacki

Steve Kornacki, a respected author at Big Trends Signals, uses his deep online trading acumen to create comprehensive guides and balanced reviews, empowering traders in their digital pursuits.

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