Bitcoin Hash Rate Reaches Another All-Time High. Is This Good for Network?

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Thu, 01/02/2020 - 14:05
Alex Dovbnya
Bitcoin starts the new decade on a high note with its hash rate reaching yet another all-time high of 119 EH/s, but it's not necessarily good for Bitcoin
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According to data provided by Blockchain, Bitcoin hashrate has reached a new all-time peak of 119 EH/s, which flies in the face of FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) about imminent market capitulation. The Bitcoin network continues to get significantly stronger despite the asset's lackluster price action. 

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Fundamentals outpace BTC's price     

In 2019, Bitcoin's network hashrate surged by a staggering 162 percent (from 38 to more than 100 EH/s). This came after miners capitulated when the BTC price bottomed at $3,100. 

For comparison, BTC recorded a 95 price increase during the same year, which shows that the network's fundamentals were even stronger than the coin's price action. 

Bitcoin miners were expected to capitulate due to falling prices in the fourth quarter of 2019 but this never happened. Miners continue to stack stats ahead of the upcoming reward halving in May.

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Is the network less secure now?  

While the hash rate data seems undoubtedly bullish for Bitcoin, VoskCoin, the Twitter user behind a popular YouTube channel about crypto mining, offered a different perspective. He explained that the coin's hashrate continues to increase simply because miners choose to invest in more expensive hardware, meaning that it doesn't reflect any pent-up demand for Bitcoin. 

He claims that the network is, in fact, becoming less secure with large mining entities grabbing more power. As reported by U.Today, China alone is now responsible for 66 percent of Bitcoin's total hash rate.  

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About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.

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