Monero Fees Fall to Almost Zero After ‘Bulletproofs’ Upgrade

Rachel Rose O'Leary
Oct 22, 2018 at 08:00 UTC
Updated Oct 23, 2018 at 10:08 UTC
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Transaction fees on monero, the 10th largest cryptocurrency network, have fallen sharply after last Thursday’s system-wide software update.

The reduction comes in the wake of the platform’s activation of a highly-anticipated new form of cryptography named “bulletproofs,” a new technology that seeks to make the monero network’s privacy features more scalable by restructuring how its confidential transactions are verified.

According to data published by BitInfoCharts, average monero fees fell from about $0.54 cents on Thursday to roughly $0.021 cents as of Saturday – a 96 percent drop.

Such a dramatic shift was previously predicted by monero developers speaking to CoinDesk. “I think you can safely say a typical [transaction] fee goes down by more than 95 percent,” monero core developer “moneromooo” remarked last week.

Moneromooo also said that fee reductions could even be lower, depending on the kind of transaction that users create.

Alongside bulletproofs, the upgrade, performed via a mechanism called a hard fork, contained other features intended to improve privacy on the platform, as well as new code to deter manufacturers from building specialized mining hardware for monero.

Speaking on IRC last week, developers celebrated the upgrade, with Sarang Noether, a cryptographer at the Monero Research Lab that led the work on the bulletproofs implementation, writing that “it’s gonna be great seeing the blockchain growth charts.”

There were also predictions that the drop on fees might open the door to additional uses for XMR, the cryptocurrency that powers the monero blockchain. Core developer “hyc” said that the upgrade was “definitely making the notion of micropayments more palatable again.”

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