December 15, 2023 – Victoria, Seychelles
Bitget Research, the research arm of Bitget the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange and Web 3.0 company has released a research analysis delving into macro and micro trends within the Bitcoin ecosystem.
This report offers insights for investors and outlines potential future technological and financial trends for Bitcoin and its assets within the network for 2024.
Given the future macroeconomic environment and market conditions, the Bitcoin ecosystem presents a promising outlook.
Not only do popular cryptocurrencies like BTC and ORDI have significant potential for appreciation, but also, there will be new exciting opportunities for coins within the Bitcoin ecosystem.
While the trading volume in the Bitcoin NFT market has surged, its current scale remains relatively small, indicating the anticipated potential for growth in the future.
Simultaneously, the Lightning Network is expected to serve as the primary technological support for the broader adoption of Bitcoin payments in the short to medium term.
Combining the above analyses, Ryan Lee, chief analyst at Bitget Research, made some major predictions of future trends in the Bitcoin ecosystem, and said,
“If the Bitcoin ecosystem continues to expand, the surge in demand for Bitcoin may drive the price of BTC to surpass its previous highs in the upcoming bull market, potentially reaching as high as $100,000. As the leading coin of the Bitcoin ecosystem, ORDI will rank in the top 30 by market cap in the next bull market.
“Protocols like Bitcoin, Ordinal, Atomical and Taproot have significant potential for growth, with new opportunities arising for 100x coins and NFTs within these ecosystems. And in the short term, the Bitcoin ecosystem will retain the ‘one project, one protocol solution’ status, fostering a variety of Bitcoin protocols.
“In the long run, a BTC virtual machine will emerge within the ecosystem, unifying developer compile environments. On the other hand, the Lightning Network will be the largest technical foundation supporting the continued adoption of BTC payments, with more assets to be issued on it.”
Currently, ORDI’s market cap stands around $400 million, suggesting a high potential when compared to the $4.9 billion market cap of SHIB, one of the leading ETH memecoins.
However, the introduction of the Ordinals protocolwhile offering new functionalities to the BTC network also brings challenges.
Ordinals function by embedding data into individual Bitcoin transactions, occupying considerable block space and increasing the complexity of using the Bitcoin network as Ordinals map BRC-20 and Ordinals NFT to specific Satoshis.
These hurdles require collective attention from the community and developers.
Improved miner revenue
The launch of the Ordinals protocol has significantly boosted Bitcoin miners’ earnings over the past three months, with the proportion of earnings from on-chain fees rising gradually from 1.7% in August 2023 to a peak of 19.57% on November 10.
These improvements to miners’ earnings will, in turn, lead to further support for the BRC-20 asset class and the Bitcoin ecosystem from the heavily capitalized miner community.
The Lightning Network
The Lightning Network is poised to be the primary technological support for the broader adoption of Bitcoin payments in the short to medium term with its almost instantaneous transaction processing and new micropayment options in the digital economy.
However, setting up and maintaining channels on the Lightning Network is more complex than conducting simple Bitcoin transactions.
Therefore, users need to understand how to open, manage and close channels, raising the entry barrier for the wider adoption of Bitcoin payments.
The question of whether the Bitcoin ecosystem can sustain its current growth trajectory is challenging to predict, but data hints at potential shifts.
As a global cryptocurrency, Bitcoin strengthens its consensus with increased acceptance. Yet, bottlenecks may emerge within the ecosystem for two main reasons.
Firstly, Bitcoin’s limited scalability impedes application implementation, causing bottlenecks at this stage and potentially affecting the ecosystem’s overall development pace.
Secondly, Bitcoin’s core developersmostly conservative hold reservations about various asset protocols within the Bitcoin ecosystem.
If prices drop or innovation stalls, this stance could hinder ecosystem development.
Overall, considering the future macro environment and market conditions, the Bitcoin ecosystem shows promising development prospects.
Assets like BTC, ORDI and Bitcoin NFTs have potential for growth, with new opportunities arising for various coins within the Bitcoin ecosystem.
The Lightning Network is poised to act as the primary technical backbone, facilitating the wider adoption of Bitcoin payments.
Gracy Chen, managing director of Bitget, said,
“This in-depth report is an invaluable source, providing historical insights into the development of the Bitcoin network and unique perspectives on potential future scenarios.
“The profound insights from the report will play a pivotal role in guiding Bitget’s comprehensive plan for product and platform enhancement.
“Bitget remains steadfast in its commitment to supporting and advancing these trends within the evolving Bitcoin ecosystem and the Web 3.0 industry.”
In line with Bitget’s efforts to support the development of the BTC ecosystem, Bitget Wallet is strategically focused on expanding its support for the Bitcoin ecosystem.
Apart from offering basic functionalities like providing support for BTC asset management, swaps and on-ramping, Bitget Wallet also offers Taproot compatibility together with asset transfers for BRC-20 tokens and NFTs.
Users can track market trends on Bitget Swap and interact with popular projects on Bitget Wallet’s DApp browser.
In the future, Bitget Wallet will place its focus on medium to long-term market prospects of the Bitcoin ecosystem and work to enhance both its technological infrastructure and product features.
This also includes increased investments in key areas such as Lightning Network, Nostr and Taproot assets, BRC-20 and ARC-20 inscriptions.
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Rachel Cheung, Bitget