Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) networks have experienced a dramatic surge in transaction fees amid soaring crypto usage.
According to data by BitInfoCharts, the average BTC transaction fee currently stands at around $10, up by more than 500% compared to less than $2 earlier this month.
Notably, the average BTC fees reached as high as $18 on October 16 and 18, which coincided with a surge in the leading cryptocurrency and rising trading volume.
Likewise, Ethereum gas fees has spiked to over 100 gwei, according to data by EtherScan .
As of now, it costs a user more than $60 to make a swap across the Ethereum network, around $110 to sell an NFT, and $20 to bridge assets.
Furthermore, CryptoFees data shows that Bitcoin’s daily fees averaged $10.65 million from November 16 to November 18, surpassing Ethereum’s average fee of $6.9 million for the same period.
Some market analysts have attributed the recent surge in BTC transaction fees to the revival of Ordinal Inscriptions.
These digital assets, akin to NFTs but on BTC’s smallest denomination, satoshis, gained traction earlier this year, signaling Bitcoin’s venture into the NFT sector.
While interest waned as the market evolved, a resurgence occurred as these assets expanded to other blockchain networks like Polygon and Litecoin.
BREAKING: Ordinals inscriptions made up 57% of Bitcoin transactions in the past 24 hours driving up fees to a 5 month high of 205 sat/vB.
Ordinals are the #1 use case on Bitcoin right now. pic.twitter.com/lVvNZIG2uV
— Leonidas (@LeonidasNFT) November 9, 2023
Back in May, the rising Ordinals popularity cuased a network congestion that led to an overwhelming 500,000 unconfirmed transactions and sent the average transaction fee through theRead more on cryptonews.com