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Bitcoin’s Decentralization Level Increases: Report

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 11:56
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Alex Dovbnya
A Canadian firm working in the sphere of finance has conducted new research that states: Bitcoin is getting less centralized compared to its early days
Bitcoin’s Decentralization Level Increases: Report
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Canaccord Genuity Group, a Canada-based financial company, believes that the major cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, has become more decentralized compared to previous years of its existence.

Rivalry among mining gear makers makes BTC less centralized

Recently, Canaccord Genuity Group released a report where it says that the BTC hashrate distribution suggests that Bitcoin is turning its ways towards bigger decentralization. The research says that it is happening thanks to the competition between manufacturers of mining equipment.

Back in 2014, Canaccord writes, around 50 percent of the overall BTC hashrate was in control of the GHash.IO mining pool. This made Bitcoin open to 51-percent attacks, when the majority of the hashing power is managed by criminals who use it for rewriting transactions.

However, in 2019, which has just arrived, the maximum hashrate controlled by one single pool of miners is not more than 20 percent. Just around five pools are presently controlling this 20 percent, whereas other mining companies are dealing with less than 10 percent of the overall BTC hashrate.

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Good news for the whole community

The fact that BTC’s decentralization level has increased is a very good thing, insists the Canadian firm. As per the report, the new state of things was caused by several factors. The most important is mining gear commoditization as the progress in the development of ASICs is slowing down, thus letting the rivalry for BTC mining rewards spread wider.

As an example, the competition between Canaan Creative and Bitmain was suggested, since the former cannot come up with a better change for its Antminer S9. Now Canaan Creative is selling its mining devices to an audience wider than that of Bitmain, so they can compete with Jihan Wu’s mining gear maker.

BTC decentralization index rises

ARK Invest research says that the index of BTC centralization (HHI - Herfindahl-Hirschman Index) has dropped from its value of 3,000 six years ago to the current value of 1,200.

HHI is used by experts to measure market concentration. An index value lower than 1,500 is believed to be a “competitive marketplace”. 1,500-2,500 is “moderately concentrated” and over the 2,500 value stands for the highest market concentration.

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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