Average 7-day fees paid to Ethereum protocol are almost 40x higher than Bitcoin’s

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Long criticized over its high network costs, the transaction gas fees of the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain have recently recorded a seven-day average nearly 40 times higher than that of Bitcoin (BTC).

As a matter of fact, Ethereum’s seven-day average fees on April 5 amounted to $24,487,397, which is 39.29 times or 190.1% more than $623,285 – the seven-day fee average of Bitcoin, according to the data acquired from the analytics platform CryptoFees.info on April 6.

Fees paid to a protocol on April 5, 2022 (including a 7-day average). Source: Cryptofees.info

Indeed, the network’s high fees have long presented a major challenge to its usability and a threat to the vision of creating a decentralized economy, as Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum, himself has admitted

Ethereum gas fees lowest in months

That said, despite being the leader in the daily and seven-day averages, Ethereum’s transaction fees are at their lowest levels for more than eight months, currently sitting at $5.81. In contrast, the average gas fee on November 8, 2021, stood at $62.85, as on-chain and social metrics platform Santiment tweeted on April 6.

Source: Santiment

The current fees are the continuation of the steady drop over time. Specifically, Finbold reported in mid-March on Ethereum’s lowering transaction gas fees which at that time stood at $8.20. For comparison, the fees one week before stood at $11.14, recording a six-month low.

As reported by Finbold, Ethereum is working to switch to the Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus, with the planned Merge upgrade, officially marking the end of the Proof-of-Work (PoW) period for Ethereum and introducing all of the PoS benefits to the platform and its users.

ETH price analysis

At press time, Ethereum traded at $3,334, down 5.26% over 24 hours and 1.90% across the previous seven days.

Ethereum 7-day price change. Source: CoinMarketCap

It’s worth mentioning that the market capitalization of the second-largest cryptocurrency by this indicator is currently $402.14 billion, according to the CoinMarketCap data.

Disclaimer: The content on this site should not be considered investment advice. Investing is speculative. When investing, your capital is at risk. 

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Ana Nicenko

Ana Nicenko has a plethora of knowledge and experience as a journalist covering the cryptocurrency and blockchain industries, having written for a variety of projects and organizations. Additionally, Ana has a master's degree in English Language and Literature. At Finbold, she reports news on the digital assets sector.