As it’s been usual throughout the year, the good news keeps flowing for Tron even as the market remains under a strong bearish run and Tron’s token’s price (TRX) is still low because of the Bitcoin pairing it enjoys (or suffers) in most of the world’s exchanges.
This Monday the Tron network processed 2.42 million transactions in a single day. Why does this matter at all? Because Ethereum, which was the platform on which Tron started, has never processed more than 1.349 million transactions in a single day.
This news is interesting for Tron fans, of course, but any conscious neutral observer in crypto should notice this and draw conclusions. In this article, we will explain to you why.
#TRON hit a new record for daily transaction volume on December 10:
2,42 million transactions were processed on the #TRX blockchain in 24 H
— Misha Lederman (@mishalederman) December 12, 2018
Ethereum, founded by Vitalik Buterin who is still the project’s leader, was a pioneer. It was the first second-generation blockchain network; it created smart contracts as well as decentralized apps and that allowed for many other projects to use the network to launch ICOs for tokens based on ETH20 technology and to create blockchain networks that, while functioning over the Ethereum network, were not the same entity. That’s how Tron and EOS came to life for instance.
Ethereum was a breakthrough in crypto, but it’s been plagued by problems over the last year or so. Users have been complaining about the network’s lack of scalability which, in turn, makes it slow or unavailable at times. But the gas price has also become a disadvantage for many users because it’s just too high (and this is a network in which gas price gives you priority for your transfers to be included in the next block).
All those disadvantages gave some of the Ethereum-based projects reasons to develop autonomous blockchains so that they could become independent. But not just independent, also scalable, faster, safer, and much cheaper. That’s what Tron did.
Since Tron became independent, releasing its main net in May this year, many experts have considered it could overthrow Ethereum’s dominance in smart contracts and decentralized apps because everything you can do in Ethereum you can also do in Tron. But in Tron is way faster and cheaper. So there’s been a bit of morbid interest in seeing how and when Tron will take over Ethereum as the world’s premier smart contract and ICOs network.
That hasn’t happened so far. Tron’s dApp catalog remains rather limited, and not that many new projects have chosen to use TRC20 instead of ETH20 to create new tokens and issue ICOs.
But that’s exactly why this seemingly sterile statistic matters so much. Tron may not have that many users, apps, contracts or ICOs as Ethereum. But it’s already processing almost twice as many transfers every single day as Ethereum on its best day.
So it’s early to declare Ethereum dead. Even earlier to say it died because Tron killed it. But Tron keeps growing as Ethereum keeps shrinking. Ethereum lost its place as the second largest coin by market capitalization to XRP a couple of weeks ago while Tron went from 13th to 10th last week.
Tron is here to stay and grow. And while Ethereum doesn’t address the problems it’s had for more than a year now; it’s risking that very status.
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