At the height of the cryptocurrency boom of last December into January this year, two things happened to Ethereum (ETH). Firstly, it was the preferred coin for funding ICOs. The second is that as a result, its demand skyrocketed to peak levels of $1,400 aided by the general crypto bull run of that period. Now the ICOs that were funded during this peak period, have seen their holdings diminish in value as ETH is now valued at $322. This is a drop in value of 77%. Imagine if an ICO had raised $10 Million in ETH back then, that value is now valued at $2.3 Million and could bring challenges in funding the project.
Also worth analyzing, is ETH’s recent weakness after the SEC decided to delay their verdict on the Bitcoin ETF up until the 30th of September. We saw ETH reach new lows of $309 with some predicting that the fall might continue to the upper $200 levels.
It is with this worrying trend that perhaps Ethereum might be slowly becoming obsolete in a fast-paced crypto and blockchain ecosystem. The platform still has scalability issues as well as security vulnerabilities with the smart contracts created on it. As the Ethereum Foundation looks for solutions, other blockchain projects are presenting themselves from all directions and having already solved some of the Ethereum platform issues.
First on the list is the Tron (TRX) project that can handle 80 times more transactions per second than the Ethereum platform. As a matter of fact, the newly released TRON network is doing 308,754 transactions per day, compared to 641,927 Ethereum’s transactions per day, and at the moment of writing this. This means that the TRON network is halfway towards eclipsing Ethereum’s daily transactions, and its Mainnet is hardly 2 months old.
Also, the Tron network uses bandwidth rather than gas. Therefore, transactions on the Tron network are virtually free. More users are sure to flock to the Tron network for the cheap transactions.
Other potential threats to Ethereums’ dominance of smart contracts are Cardano (ADA), Zilliqa (ZIL) and IOSToken (IOST). All these projects have showcased that they can increase the transactions per second (throughput) and make smart contracts on their platform more secure than those on the Ethereum Platform.
Therefore, Ethereum might be headed for further decline before it can be dominant again. The resurgence of Ethereum will be dependant on whether they implement the scalability solutions that have been recommended for the platform. Otherwise, ETH will be the choice currency by traders who simply want to short it.
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