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Bitcoin Lightning Network Sees 1,212% Growth in Routed

Transactions in Two Years, According to BTC Tech Company
The Lightning Network has seen huge growth in transactions over the past two years despite the falling price of Bitcoin (BTC), according to a BTC technology firm.

River, a company that offers Bitcoin brokerage and custody services, analyzed data from node operators that comprise 52% of the public capacity of the Lightning Network, a layer 2 solution for BTC that aims to solve scalability issues.

River estimates a lower bound of 6.6 million Lightning transactions routed in August and notes that the upper bound estimate could be several times that number, but is not quantifiable because the data was not available for transactions between just two participants or private transactions . Routed transactions involve more than two nodes.

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“This represents a 1,212% increase over the estimate of 503,000 Lightning payments for August 2021 by K33 (formerly Arcane Research). This growth occurred despite a 44% drop in the price of Bitcoin and a 45% drop in search interest. “This is the equivalent of 2.5 transactions per second (TPS), compared to Bitcoin’s on-chain average of 4.4 TPS and the August 2021 K33 benchmark of 0.2 TPS.”

According to River, gaming, social media tipping and streaming are behind 27% of the growth in network transactions.

The company also notes that the Lightning Network processes at least 47% of on-chain Bitcoin transactions daily.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin is trading at $26,892.

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Bitcoin Lightning Network Growth Increases 1200% in 2 Years

A report from Bitcoin-exclusive River Exchange suggests that increased use of Lightning will play a key role in Bitcoin becoming a better medium of exchange.

Bitcoin’s Layer 2 Lightning Network saw an estimated 1,212% growth in two years, with around 6.6 million transactions routed in August, a significant jump from 503,000 transitions in August 2021, according to data from the River exchange, exclusive of Bitcoin (BTC).

In an October 10 report, River research analyst Sam Wouters explained that the increase in routed transactions (which use more than two nodes to facilitate a transfer) came despite a 44% drop in the Bitcoin price and considerably less interest in online research.

River’s $6.6 million value for Lightning-routed transactions is a lower-bound estimate — the lowest possible value it could value. The company also obtained the August 2021 figure of 503,000 from a 2021 study by K33, formerly Arcane Research, adding that it could not evaluate flash transactions that were private or between just two participants.

As of August 2023, the average Lightning transaction size is approximately 44,700 satoshis or $11.84. River estimated that between 279,000 and 1.1 million Lightning users were active in September.

The company attributed 27% of transaction growth to the gaming, social media advice and streaming sectors.

River said the success rate for Lightning payments was 99.7% on its platform in August 2023 across 308,000 transactions. The main reason for failure occurs when no payment method is found that has sufficient liquidity to facilitate the transfer.

River’s data set consisted of 2.5 million transactions. The nodes in the River dataset represent 29% of the entire network capacity and 10% of the payment channels.