On March 22, BitMEX Research published a follow-up article to its September 2017 analysis on Segregated Witness (SegWit) transactions compared to Bitcoin Cash, and the results aren’t good for big block supporters.
Transacting Users Prefer SegWit
Bitcoin Cash was created as an alternative coin with bigger blocks unlike Bitcoin’s Segregated Witness (SegWit) block weight optimization upgrade in August 2017. While SegWit gave the option for Bitcoin users to upgrade their wallets and receive the benefits of approximately 41% more capacity, Bitcoin Cash required users to upgrade their wallets, adopt a new transaction format, and use an entirely new coin.
SegWit is currently winning the hearts of transacting users, and, at the given pace, it appears doubtful if Bitcoin Cash will ever catch up.
SegWit transaction capacity increase compared to Bitcoin Cash
Since the launch of Bitcoin Cash in August 2017, around 6.1 million SegWit transactions have taken place, 20.1% more than the cumulative number of Bitcoin Cash transactions in the period.https://blog.bitmex.com/the-segwit-transaction-capacity-increase-update/ …
According to BitMEX Research, 6.1 million SegWit transactions have taken place since the launch of rival Bitcoin Cash — 20.1% more than Bcash’s total number of transactions. However, Bitcoin Cash had a one-month head start over SegWit. When the timeframe is adjusted, SegWit actually has a 31.5% advantage over Bitcoin Cash.
Transaction data also reveals that SegWit was adopted at a significantly more steady rate than Bitcoin Cash, and overtook its competitor early on. As noted by BitMEX Research:
There was a sharp spike in Bitcoin Cash transaction volume when it launched; in contrast the SegWit upgrade was more gradually adopted. This is likely to be related to the investment flows and excitement of the new Bitcoin Cash coin, which may have driven short term adoption […] Three months after the launch of Bitcoin Cash, on 31 October 2017, SegWit transaction volume overtook Bitcoin Cash and has remained in the lead ever since.
Furthermore, BitMEX Research adds that “adoption of SegWit has continued to grow since August 2017, perhaps increasing in steps as large corporate entities switch to SegWit.”
SegWit has also been good for those who haven’t adopted the new format. Notes the BitMEX Research:
SegWit has begun to meaningfully impact system-wide capacity, potentially reducing fees and benefitting even users who choose not to upgrade to the new transaction format.
Despite SegWit’s clear lead, Bitcoin Cash proponents will undoubtedly continue referencing ‘Satoshi’s vision’ i.e. cheap transactions, in their support of bigger blocks.
Nevertheless, Bitcoin fees have never been lower, which has significantly undermined the narrative of big block supporters in recent months while Bitcoin’s nascent Lightning Network is already delivering instant and even cheaper transactions.
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