FacebookTwitterLinkedInTelegramCopy LinkEmail

Coinbase to Integrate Lightning Network for Bitcoin Scalability

Coinbase to Integrate Lightning Network for Bitcoin Scalability

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong recently announced via Twitter that the cryptocurrency exchange will integrate the Bitcoin Lightning Network.

Armstrong responded to a tweet from Bitcoin advocate Wicked, who challenged him for not commenting publicly on the Lightning Network before.

Brian Armstrong, the CEO of Coinbase, has expressed his belief that the Lightning Network is an excellent solution for Bitcoin’s scalability issues and that Coinbase will integrate it. However, Armstrong did not provide a timeline for the integration.

LN is an L2 network built on top of Bitcoin, designed to improve its scalability by providing faster transaction speeds and lower fees than the main network.

Over the past year, the Lightning Network has been gaining adoption, with the TVL reaching an ATH of 5,490 BTC in February, up significantly from the beginning of last year when it was 3,350 BTC.

The growth in transaction volume has also been impressive, with BitPay reporting an 18% increase in 2022 compared to 2021 and a 32% increase in Q4 of 2022 compared to the previous year.

READ MORE: Is the American Middle Class Doomed? Robert Kiyosaki’s Shocking Prediction

Armstrong’s announcement has been met with positive reactions from several crypto stakeholders, while others expressed skepticism about how long the integration process might take.

If Coinbase integrates the Lightning Network, it will join rival exchanges like Kraken, Bitfinex, BitStamp, and OKEx, which already support the L2 solution.

Given the current regulatory environment, some advise Coinbase to be quick with the integration to avoid having nothing to offer apart from Bitcoin.

Overall, the adoption of the Lightning Network is seen as organic, as the network does not have a native token like most protocols. Payments platform Strike has launched a mobile payment application on the network and has expanded into Africa, El Salvador, and the Philippines.

Alexander Stefanov

Reporter at CoinsPress

Alex is an experienced finance journalist and a cryptocurrency and blockchain enthusiast. With over five years of experience covering the industry, he deeply understands the complex and constantly evolving world of digital assets. His insightful and thought-provoking articles provide readers with a clear picture of the latest developments and trends in the market. His passionate approach allows him to break down complex ideas into accessible and insightful content. Follow up on his content to be up to date with the most important trends and topics - stay ahead of the curve with CoinsPress.

Learn more about crypto and blockchain technology.