Bitcoin mining is growing at a very fast rate, with daily growth once again setting new records. Based on different statistics, the Bitcoin network hashrate is between 95EH/s and 98 EH/s and it will surpass 100 EH/s within a month.
Rise in Bitcoin hashrate in 2019
The hashrate growth looks like it has gone parabolic in 2019, following a slump at the end of 2018. Traders noted that even at $10,000 prices, the hashrate was nearly 20 times more active compared to the absolute price peak for BTC at $19,600.
Difficulty growth has accelerated, and the current mining records are happening under conditions that are less favorable to block discovery. But it seems mining pools are accelerating the fight for some of the last blocks.
PlanB Model explains Bitcoin might jump $31000 by 2021
According to cryptocurrency analyst – PlanB, Bitcoin price went through several difficulty cycles in its history. Every time the value of the coin rises as per an order of magnitude less relative to last difficulty low.
In late 2013, Bitcoin’s price high of $1,300 represented a 50,000% hike in value comparing to the last difficulty low. Meanwhile, in late 2017 the price of Bitcoin rises to $20,000, meaning it jumped 9,000% yielding 12.5 BTC.
The model explains that the next peak will still be lower, which tend to strike at around 1,000% or $31,000 by 2021. Earlier, on December 2018, when bitcoin mining difficulty hits a floor then BTCUSD traded at #3,100 mark.
Bitcoin mining block time below 10 minutes
The latest difficulty adjustment made it about 5% harder to discover a block. However, pools may have added matching hashrate to offset the increased hashrate. Currently, new shipments of ASIC are still happening, offering significant improvements in hashrate.
BTC currently trades at $10,106.82, a price that goes above breakeven for most large-scale mining farms with access to cheap electricity. The currently rising difficulty marker is also seen as a potential boost to the market price, as interest in mining may signify expectations of better BTC market prices.
Accelerated mining is bringing block time slightly below 10 minutes, potentially bringing the halving to a closer date. It is also possible that block rewards are in high demand, as they are “virgin” BTC with no transaction history and maybe more appealing to some investors. This demand has increased after authorities have started combing blockchain history for connections to known dubious addresses, such as darknet wallets or mixers.
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