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Binance Implements Lightning Network to Speed up Bitcoin Transaction Processing

Binance’s integration of Lightning Network withdrawals is expected to ease congestion

On May 7, 2023, Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange, suspended Bitcoin transactions due to network congestion, which resulted in high transaction fees.

The company resumed transactions a few hours later, but on May 8, it suspended Bitcoin withdrawals again, citing a large volume of pending transactions.

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao acknowledged that the exchange’s fee parameters did not anticipate the recent surge in BTC network gas fees. To help clear the backlog of Bitcoin transactions, Binance raised withdrawal fees and implemented Lightning Network withdrawals.

Binance stated that it was replacing the pending BTC withdrawal transactions with a higher fee so that they get picked up by mining pools. The company has been working to accelerate the confirmation of all pending transactions.

The Bitcoin network has experienced a surge in Taproot usage and ordinal inscriptions, which has put pressure on the network, causing transaction fees to skyrocket and the mempool to clog up. Bitcoin transaction fees have exceeded the mining subsidy of 6.25 BTC for the first time since 2017.

At the time of writing, there were more than 450,000 pending transactions, and average transaction fees had surged to over $15.

The spike in activity has been attributed to memecoin madness and ordinal inscriptions, and a surge in network activity involving BRC-20 transactions has pushed transaction fees to multi-year highs.

Binance’s integration of Lightning Network withdrawals is expected to ease congestion and improve transaction processing times.

The Lightning Network is a layer 2 payment protocol that allows for faster and cheaper Bitcoin transactions by creating payment channels between users.

Binance’s move to integrate the Lightning Network aligns with the company’s goal to provide a seamless user experience for its customers.


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