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Gas Fees Skyrocket on Ethereum Network – Here is Why

Gas Fees Skyrocket on Ethereum Network – Here is Why

Gas fees on the Ethereum (ETH) network have recently surged to a 10-month high due to the increased popularity of meme coins.

According to Glassnode, the median Ethereum gas price over a seven-day moving average reached 43.641 gwei, a price that was last seen in June 2022.


The cost of using Ethereum has been a contentious issue since the “DeFi Summer” of 2020 when gas prices reached as high as 700 gwei. During this period, yield protocols like Curve, Compound, and Yearn saw a surge in network activity, prompting high demand for transaction verification.

Ethereum’s architecture means that high gas fees occur when network traffic and demand for transaction verification are high.

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Although it was thought that the Merge and switch to PoS consensus would solve this problem, it has been confirmed that gas fees are mainly driven by the demand for blocks and the network’s ability to meet that demand rather than the consensus mechanism used.

Recently, the Ethereum network has experienced increased activity due to the release of meme coins such as PEPE, which quickly rose to become the sixth largest coin by market capitalization, reaching $89.1 million in just a few days.

This success has sparked speculation on social media about which meme coin will be the next to surge.

Alexander Stefanov

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