The first Bitcoin ATM with built-in Lightning network capabilities is located in Coolangatta, Australia. The public can now use the new ATM, which has been installed at The Strand shopping center in Coolangatta.
A Bitcoin Lightning ATM functions very similarly to a traditional Bitcoin ATM, but it saves a lot of time thanks to layer-2 Lightning’s instant transaction capabilities. Additionally, it enables the acquisition of very small quantities of BTC, typically in Satoshi (sats), the smallest unit of measure for Bitcoin, where one satoshi is equivalent to 0.00000001 BT.
At the moment, blockchain transactions are settled directly by cryptocurrency ATMs. This has its own limitations. For instance, when miner fees on the Bitcoin network increased, operators had to adjust the batching of transactions.
In actuality, this means that even though a user buys bitcoin using an ATM, it isn’t sent to them right away. Before clustering and sending out transactions to multiple users at once in one bulk transaction, the operator has steps in place that queue up for other ATM network users to use the machines. A Lightning network could significantly help with this issue’s resolution.
Because the operator does not have to batch the funds when using Lightning, the transaction is immediate. As quickly as cash is inserted, the user is paid using the Lightning network. Although it is still unclear whether the fees would be significantly decreased, they are most likely to be less than an on-chain payment.
Australia dethroned El Salvador in terms of Bitcoin ATMs
Australia recently put in a Lightning-enabled Bitcoin ATM, passing El Salvador to become the fourth-largest Bitcoin ATM hub in the world. In Australia, there will be 216 ATMs by 2023. 6,071 of the 38,602 crypto ATMs currently in use around the world were installed in 2022.
In terms of the overall number of crypto ATM installations, El Salvador, the first country to legalize Bitcoin, has fallen yet another spot as Australia reports 216 ATMs as 2023 is here.
President Nayib Bukele decided to set up more than 200 cryptocurrency ATMs across El Salvador as part of his effort to make Bitcoin a recognized form of currency. After the US and Canada at the time, this move made El Salvador the third-largest hub for crypto ATMs in September 2021; however, in 2022, Spain and Australia passed El Salvador in terms of ATM density.