March 27, 2024
Ethereum's Dencun Upgrade, Praise and Skepticism
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Experts React to Ethereum’s Dencun Upgrade

Ethereum’s much-awaited Dencun upgrade, which introduces gas fee reduction on layer-2 solutions through proto-dank sharding, has officially gone live as of March 13, eliciting a mixed response from market speculators.

Ruslan Lienkha, chief of markets at crypto wallet provider YouHodler, expressed reservations about the immediate impact of the upgrade on ETH’s price: “I don’t think this upgrade will significantly impact ETH’s price in the short term.” Despite this, Lienkha anticipates heightened blockchain activity and foresees long-term price growth, attributing Ethereum’s increased value to its ability to compete with emerging layer 1 blockchain projects.

Ethereum average gas fee. Source: Ycharts.

On the contrary, Mara Schmiedt, CEO of liquid staking development firm Alluvial, holds bullish sentiments regarding the Dencun upgrade, even in the short term. Schmiedt emphasized its significance amid Bitcoin’s institutional surge and Ethereum’s DeFi ecosystem approaching the $100 billion mark in total value locked. She underscored scalability as a pivotal factor for Ethereum’s mainstream adoption and its capacity to accommodate the rising number of users and transactions.

Echoing these sentiments, Onno Sterk, chief operating officer of crypto exchange OSL, views the Duncun upgrade as a monumental milestone in addressing Ethereum’s longstanding challenges hindering network development. Sterk pointed out hurdles such as high transaction fees and limited scalability, which have hampered innovation and broader blockchain adoption across diverse sectors. The COO further stated:

“At its core, the Dencun upgrade is centered around proto-danksharding, an innovative approach aimed at drastically reducing transaction fees while simultaneously increasing the network’s processing speed. This development is monumental as it enables Ethereum to serve as an effective database for other blockchains, thereby facilitating a more interconnected and efficient digital asset ecosystem.”

In terms of market performance, Ether (ETH) has seen a 141% return over the past year, buoyed by optimism surrounding the Dencun upgrade, speculation on spot Ether exchange-traded fund (ETF) approvals, and the overall recovery of the crypto market. However, it has slightly underperformed Bitcoin’s 198% return during the same period.

There’s palpable anticipation within the crypto community regarding a favorable decision on Ether ETFs by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in May. However, Ruslan Lienkha remains cautious, anticipating potential delays in approvals: “From my viewpoint, the SEC will use any excuse to postpone the decision.” Nevertheless, he remains optimistic about the likelihood of a positive outcome.

Eric Balchunas, senior ETF analyst at Bloomberg, echoed concerns about the probability of an Ethereum ETF approval in May, urging against overly optimistic expectations.

Mara Schmiedt underscored the imperative of institutional adoption, widespread accessibility, and clear regulatory frameworks for Ethereum’s meaningful adoption. She emphasized community involvement in shaping Ethereum’s future, urging developers, users, and investors to contribute their expertise and perspectives.

Overall, Ethereum’s Dencun upgrade marks a significant stride in addressing scalability issues and enhancing its value proposition. However, the full impact of the upgrade on the broader crypto market remains to be seen.

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