Bitcoin climbs over 7 percent to break USD 47,500.
Bitcoin rose 7.07 percent to $ 47,587.38 (roughly Rs. 35,31,800) at 2200 GMT on Friday, adding $ 3,142.93 (roughly Rs. 2,33,300) to its previous close. Bitcoin, the world’s largest and most well-known cryptocurrency, is up 71.6 percent from a year’s low of $ 27,734 on January 4. Ether, the currency linked to the Ethereum blockchain network, was up 7.86 percent to $ 3,284.18 (roughly Rs. 2,43,700) on Friday, adding $ 243.55 (roughly Rs. 18,100) to its previous close.
Currently trailing Bitcoin in thousands of dollars, potential applications of the Ethereum platform, lower environmental impact, and technical updates are likely to help the Ether token continue to outperform Bitcoin, Pantera Capital CEO Dan Morehead said recently.
“You will see a transition of people who want to store wealth, doing it in (ether) rather than just Bitcoin,” he added.
The most significant change to the Ethereum blockchain since 2015, the London Hard Fork update, which went into effect on Thursday, shows that the network is well prepared for an even bigger update to reduce its energy use by 99 percent. , according to its inventor Vitalik Buterin.
Ethereum and Bitcoin, its better-known rival, operate using a proof-of-work system that requires a global network of computers that operate around the clock. Ethereum software developers have been working for years to transition from the blockchain to what is known as a proof-of-stake system, which uses a totally different approach to securing the network that also eliminates the problem of carbon emissions.