According to Mempool, in a concerning turn of events, the Bitcoin (BTC) network is currently grappling with significant congestion, with over 560,000 unconfirmed transactions. Mempool data also shows memory usage has skyrocketed to 1GB, and transaction fees peaking at over 20 satoshis per virtual byte (sat/vB).
Bitcoin Network Congestions Impacting Market Sentiments
Analysts relate this bottleneck to the recent sats minting frenzy, which has resulted in a backlog of processing transactions. According to Mempool data, the average block mining time has grown to 10.9 minutes, showing that miners are straining to keep up with the network’s unprecedented demand.
This is not the first time Bitcoin has seen network congestion; just recently, Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, was forced to temporarily suspend Bitcoin withdrawals due to an overburdened Bitcoin blockchain and high transaction costs.
The increase in unconfirmed transactions and clogged blocks has generated concerns about the potential impact on Bitcoin’s price. With over half a million transactions awaiting confirmation, Bitcoin users are experiencing significant delays in processing their transactions. This could lead to frustration among users and impact the usability of Bitcoin for everyday transactions.
Transaction fees exceeding 20 sat/vB are likely to deter smaller transactions and those seeking cost-effective means of transferring value. High fees may force users to look for alternatives or hold off on making transactions until the congestion subsides.
Can Altcoins Come To The Rescue?
As Bitcoin struggles with congestion and high fees, some users may turn to Altcoins that offer faster and cheaper transactions. This could result in increased interest and investment in certain altcoins, diverting capital away from Bitcoin temporarily. The current Bitcoin price of $25,743.94 is facing a notable challenge in surging past the $26,000 threshold, and network congestion is emerging as a significant contributing factor to this struggle.
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