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Bitcoin Hits 1 Billion Transactions Processed

Bitcoin Hits 1 Billion Transactions Processed

May 6, 2024

Bitcoin Hits 1 Billion Transactions Processed

The Bitcoin network has reached a significant milestone by processing its one billionth transaction, marking a substantial achievement since its creation over 15 years ago. On May 5th, the network recorded its billionth transaction within block 842,241 at 9:34 pm UTC, as indicated by Clark Moody's dashboard. This event comes just 15 years, four months, and four days after the anonymous founder, known as Satoshi Nakamoto, mined Bitcoin's inaugural block on January 3, 2009.

Since its inception, the network has maintained an average of 178,475 transactions per day across its 5,603-day lifespan, showcasing Bitcoin's ability to manage a substantial transaction volume securely and without the need for centralized intermediaries. This capacity has been a response to early critics, who doubted Bitcoin's potential for widespread use, despite the network now handling daily transaction volumes comparable to those of major payment corporations.

On April 23, Bitcoin saw a record of more than 926,000 transactions in a single day. Although the volume has moderated since then, the network continues to average over 600,000 transactions daily as of May 2024.

While Bitcoin's primary ledger has processed one billion transactions, it is important to note that this figure does not account for transactions on the Lightning Network, a layer-2 payment protocol designed to enable faster transactions. Data from the Bitcoin-only exchange River indicated that the Lightning Network processed an estimated 6.6 million transactions in August 2023 alone, pointing to potentially hundreds of millions of additional transactions since its launch in January 2018.

The milestone underscores the growth and resilience of Bitcoin, transforming from an experimental concept to a trillion-dollar asset class that commands the attention of sovereign individuals and institutional investors. As Bitcoin continues to gain adoption, the network is expected to reach its next billion transactions at an even quicker pace, solidifying its position in the global economy.

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