The number of tether transactions on the Tron blockchain have passed Ethereum’s count for three consecutive weeks as fees on the number two blockchain remain high.
This recent trend is “primarily because of fees,” said Coin Metrics analyst Nate Maddrey in a message to CoinDesk.
“As fees go up, [tether] transactions tend to shift from Ethereum to Tron,” Maddrey said.
Notably, the total value of tether transacted on Ethereum is still larger than Tron, signaling that primarily smaller transactors are migrating. Meanwhile, parties executing larger transactions who can presumably afford higher fees seem comfortable continuing to use Ethereum.
“Lately, given the increased cost of Ethereum transactions, it would be logical to use Tron,” said Tether CTO Paolo Ardoino, noting the newer blockchain also has “good adoption across crypto exchanges” and is “extremely cheap compared to Ethereum.”
Tether transactions skewing heavily toward just one or two blockchains wouldn’t be surprising, Maddrey told CoinDesk. But the distribution of use depends on “a combination of low fees, network effects, and usability.”
Ardoino told CoinDesk that in a few years he expects Ethereum to still “retain an important role for Tether thanks to the Ethereum 2.0 migration that should guarantee more throughput.”
He also expects other blockchains to “get a fair share of the total throughput,” however.
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