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Strategist: Every New Phase of ETH 2.0 Will Positively Affect Ethereum

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 20:00
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Joseph Young
Ethereum sees strong momentum as a result of growing DeFi and DEX demand. Strategists say ETH 2.0 will continue to positively affect Ethereum
Strategist: Every New Phase of ETH 2.0 Will Positively Affect Ethereum
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Ethereum is portraying strong momentum in almost every aspect. Fees are rising, transaction activity is surging, and network growth is speeding up. A strategist says ETH 2.0 could continue to push the sentiment around ETH to improve.

Kelvin Koh, the co-founder of Spartan Group, a venture capital firm based in Asia, said:

“The strong move in Ethereum has to do with the upcoming ETH 2.0 launch which is a major catalyst. Every phase of ETH 2.0 over the next 2-3 years brings Ethereum closer to its final state and will be catalysts for ETH.”

The anticipation of ETH 2.0 is continuing to build as the Ethereum blockchain network shows signs of a clog.

Ethereum Network Utilization Chart
Ethereum network utilization continuously increases. Source: Etherscan​​​​​

ETH 2.0: why are strategists optimistic about the long-term growth of Ethereum?

For years, analysts considered scalability as the main roadblock in the adoption of decentralized applications (DApps).

DApps, which include Decentralized Finance (DeFi) protocols, process all information on-chain, on the Ethereum blockchain. 

Whether it is a payment or a smart contract, every DApp user sends data in the form of a transaction. A transaction on Ethereum costs a fee, which is called gas and can become costly.

When there are a substantial number of unconfirmed transactions, it can also cause the Ethereum network to clog. 

ETH 2.0 significantly reduces the chances of a network clog as it drops Ethereum’s dependence on miners.

Eventually, as ETH 2.0 gets rolled out, miners will get phased out from the network. In ETH 2.0, users process data by “staking” their ETH. In return, they receive incentives based on the ETH 2.0 reward system.

But, because ETH 2.0 solves a major problem in scalability, it is also highly complicated to implement. Consequently, ETH 2.0 has been delayed several times in the past, and the anticipation for it has increased.

If ETH 2.0 launches, which would happen by phases, strategists like Koh believe it would affect Ethereum positively.

ETH may have room to grow

According to research firm Delphi Digital’s analyst Alex Gedevani, Ethereum still has room for additional growth.

Gedevani said that as ETH 2.0 switches Ethereum to the Proof of Stake (PoS) consensus algorithm, it will be able to support many validators and users.

He said:

“As a $36 billion asset compared to a growing DeFi ecosystem with $3.8 billion TVL, ETH PoS has potential for large materiality. The Beacon chain will have the capabilities to support 10s of thousands of validators, more than any other PoS protocol.”

For now, industry experts and strategists are reacting positively to the progress of ETH 2.0 and the trend of Ethereum. Various data points show that the blockchain is growing fast, as DeFi and decentralized exchanges (DEXes) continue to fuel demand.

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About the author

Joseph Young is an analyst based in South Korea that has been covering finance, fintech, and cryptocurrency since 2013. He has worked with various recognized publications in both the finance and cryptocurrency industries.