According to recent research, China failed to implement its cryptocurrency prohibition last year, and the country has since resurfaced as one of the world’s main Bitcoin (BTC) mining hubs.
China became the second-largest Bitcoin hash rate supplier in January 2022, according to the Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index (CBECI), months after local officials banned all crypto operations in the country.
According to data, Chinese bitcoin miners generated 21.1 percent of the entire global BTC mining hash rate distribution in early 2022, behind only the United States, which generated 37.8% of the total hash rate in January.
China once hailed the bitcoin mining industry
In 2019, China was the world’s largest Bitcoin mining country, accounting for more than 75% of worldwide BTC hash rate power. In July and August 2021, the hash rate decreased to 0% after a string of crypto mining farm closures around the country.
Despite the crypto ban in September 2021, the hash rate share climbed to 22.3 percent in that month and never went below 18 percent during the research period.
The new data, according to CBECI project leader Alexander Neumueller, is sufficient to prove that Bitcoin mining is still active in China.
Kazakhstan, the world’s third-largest BTC mining center, sees a modest reduction in hash rate share, according to the latest CBECI data. Kazakhstan’s contribution to the BTC hash rate fell from 18 percent in August to 13.2% in January.
Miners are currently mining up to 9% of the global BTC hash rate in unspecified places, according to CBECI statistics. With 6.5 percent and 4.7 percent, respectively, Canada and Russia are the next two largest mining centers.
Russia has dropped out of the top three nations in terms of BTC hash rate power, as well.
The most recent CBECI update provides more granular statistics on hashrate distribution in the state’s main Bitcoin mining market.
According to the figures, Georgia, Texas, and Kentucky have the greatest hash rate, accounting for 32 percent, 11.2 percent, and 10.9 percent, respectively. These three states collectively account for more than half of the overall hash rate in the US.
States like New York, California, North Carolina, and Washington, according to data, have major mining activity.