Despite being only two years old as a digital currency, Ethereum is now processing more transactions than all other digital currencies combined, including its main rival bitcoin.
In a single 24-hour period on 21 November 2017 there were over half a million transactions processed by Ethereum. This is a level that is line with the recent performance of the platform, which is all the more astonishing considering that early last year this number would have been closer to 10,000.
According to data from BitInfoCharts, Ethereum is currently processing 52.3% of all cryptocurrency transactions, with bitcoin trailing behind with 33%.
Bitcoin Cash, which currently has the third largest market cap, is currently processing 1.8% of all transactions.
While Ethereum has been experiencing really substantial growth in transaction levels, beginning at around the first half of 2017, Bitcoin has remained relatively stable. This is likely due to its limited 1MB capacity. Even after the activation of segwit, which claimed to be able to double the transaction levels, in August 2017, bitcoin seems to have experienced no tangible growth in transaction levels.
Ethereum’s proposed ‘sharding‘ plan aims to increase on-chain capacity to be close to unlimited. This plan is however still in its conceptual stages and may not be ready until after 2020. The platform can currently handle one or two million transactions daily, although demand is not close to those levels yet.