According to a report by Bank of America, Ethereum is currently the leading operating system for decentralized finance (DeFi) due to the lack of alternatives available. However, the bank warns that Ethereum’s dominance may be threatened if the platform does not improve its “throughput,” the number of transactions it can complete per second. This article discusses Bank of America’s report on the future of Ethereum and its potential implications for app developers and users.
Ethereum’s Current Dominance in DeFi
Bank of America’s report states that Ethereum’s smart contract-enabled platform has provided it with a first-mover advantage in the DeFi space. As a result, app developers have flocked to the platform, leading to network effects as the number of decentralized apps (dapps) and users grew.
Threats to Ethereum’s Long-Term Viability
The bank’s report warns that Ethereum’s usage may decline if its blockchain fails to increase its speed and capacity. This could lead to app developers choosing other networks to build on, ultimately threatening Ethereum’s long-term viability.
Importance of Ethereum’s Roadmap
Bank of America believes that Ethereum’s ability to expand its throughput capacity significantly is critical to its long-term success. This includes the implementation of sharding architecture, as outlined in Ethereum’s roadmap.
Network Congestion and Transaction Fees
The success of Ethereum’s early adoption has resulted in network congestion and surging transaction fees, which the report describes as a “double-edged sword.”
Future of DeFi
As with prior tech cycles, the report suggests that new projects are likely to emerge in the DeFi space, and poorly positioned projects will exit.
In conclusion, Bank of America’s report highlights the importance of Ethereum’s ability to improve its speed and capacity to ensure its long-term success. While Ethereum remains the dominant operating system for DeFi, the emergence of alternatives and the threat of declining usage means that it must continue to innovate to stay ahead.