Lightning Network Mainnet Passes 1000 Nodes as Release ‘Nears’

The Lightning Network (LN) has passed 1000 active nodes on its Bitcoin mainnet implementation, marking a major milestone for the scaling solution.

Lightning: 1003 Nodes, Almost 2000 Channels

Data from monitoring resources show 1003 nodes online at press time March 12, with a record high 1892 open channels.

The news comes as commentators speculate from technical progress by LN developers that the first mainnet version of the protocol may soon see an official release.

Lightning has achieved significant growth, both on its testnet and mainnet implementations, since these launched in December 2017. Despite criticism from some senior figures in Bitcoin, the number of nodes choosing to join the networks continues to increase.

At the same time, criticism is focusing on concerns the protocol is not yet technically robust enough to handle mass user transactions without the potential for them to lose funds due to loopholes.

Bitcoin Cash ‘Obsolete’?

Nonetheless, LN, as an ‘off-chain’ scaling solution, won the praise of Microsoft last month as the computer giant said it would favor such solutions over ‘on-chain’ ones such as the bigger blocks proposed by altcoin Bitcoin Cash.

Reacting to the latest news, social media commentators quickly pointed to Lightning achieving the cheaper and faster transactions which would, they say, make Bitcoin Cash “obsolete.”

For the meantime, however, Bitcoin traders remain subdued in their activity. Two-year lows in transaction confirmations despite low network fees suggest there is little appetite for cashing out as BTC/USD continues to bounce between $9,000 and $11,500.

The mass adoption of SegWit, which to a smaller extent also decreased fees and transaction times, by Bitcoin Core and major businesses in February similarly failed to stoke enthusiasm.

More information about LN for non-technical readers can be found by following this link to an infographic created by Duval Union Consulting about how it functions.

What do you think about the Lightning Network passing 1000 nodes? Let us know in the comments below!

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