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Bitcoin (BTC) Flipped by Ethereum in Network Fees in 2020

Ethereum (ETH) fees surged 18x in a year, here's why

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For the first time in the entire history of crypto, Bitcoin (BTC) is not the most utilized blockchain, based on network fees statistics. But what has caused this historic flippening?

Ethereans spent 83 percent more fees than Bitcoiners

Rafael Schultze-Kraft, chief technology officer of leading on-chain analytics platform Glassnode, has shared an infographic to display the dynamics of Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) network fees in the years 2016-2020. His recent tweet demonstrates one more aspect of the "flippening" much-anticipated by Ethereum (ETH) proponents.

Flippening: Ethereum surpasses Bitcoin in network fees
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In 2020, users of the Ethereum (ETH) network spent almost $600 million while Bitcoiners spent $320 million. In one year, the aggregated amount of network fees in Ethereum increased by almost 1,700 percent. To provide context, Bitcoin (BTC) fees added only 100 percent.

During the previous years, net amounts of Bitcoin (BTC) fees were far higher than that of the second cryptocurrency since its mainnet launched in 2015.

High Ethereum (ETH) network fees are interpreted by its supporters as the most reliable indicator of network usage. As covered by CryptoComes previously, Ethereans slammed Binance Smart Chain, highlighting that it collects a very low amount of fees.

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Previously, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao stressed that his Binance Smart Chain handles 30-40 percent of Ethereum (ETH) transactions four months after launch.

Who is behind this ballistic upsurge?

The increase in Ethereum (ETH) fees should be attributed to "2020 DeFi euphoria"a meteoric run in the popularity of decentralized financial protocols (DeFis). The vast majority of them work on top of the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain.

According to Crypto Fees analytical dashboard, users of Uniswap (UNI) and Sushiswap (SUSHI) combined spend almost $3.4 million in Ethereum fees per day. These two DeFis are responsible for 25-30 percent of all Ethereum fees.

Also, Ethereum (ETH) fees rocketed in periods of rapid price moves and the most active phases of Ether-based Ponzi scheme activity.

For instance, Uniswap users were charged with a $100 fee per operation when the Ethereum (ETH) price rocketed over $1,000 for the first time since 2018.

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Vladislav Sopov

Blockchain Analyst & Writer with scientific background. 5+ years in IT-analytics, 2+ years in blockchain.

Worked in independent analysis as well as in start-ups (Swap.online, Monoreto, Attic Lab etc.)