Ethereum gas fees surge, spotlighting alternative blockchains  |  Editor Nikhilesh Pawar

Published Nov 18, 2023 12:06PM ET

NEW YORK - Ethereum's recent spike in transaction costs has intensified interest in alternative layer-1 blockchains, with industry participants exploring options like BNB Chain, Solana, and Cardano for lower fees and faster transactions. On November 17th, Ethereum's gas fees, the price paid for transactions on the network, soared from an average of $1.5 to $6.35, with daily fees reaching $6.9 million as reported by CryptoQuant.

This significant increase has put a spotlight on BNB Chain, favored for its economical transaction costs and swift confirmations. The chain's native token BNB saw a substantial rise of 14.66% to $242.13 as investors looked for more cost-effective solutions amidst the Ethereum fee hike.

Solana also captured market attention due to its unique Proof of History consensus mechanism, which contributed to an impressive 136% surge in its token SOL, now valued at $56.13. Additionally, Cardano's ADA experienced a notable increase of 46%, bringing its price to $0.36.

While these platforms are gaining traction due to their lower fees and scalable infrastructures, investors are encouraged to consider factors like security and adoption rates along with gas fees and network performance. Despite the potential of these alternatives to offer more efficient transactions, it's still uncertain whether they will substantially impact Ethereum’s dominance in the DeFi sector's total value locked. As the market evolves, users and investors alike are closely monitoring these developments to see how they might influence the broader landscape of blockchain technology and digital finance.

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