Last updated on June 21st, 2023 at 01:33 pm
Binance has confirmed that it has commenced operating nodes on the Bitcoin Lightning Network. This move aligns with their strategic objective of integrating the Lightning Network to facilitate seamless deposits and withdrawals.
On June 20, 2023, Binance confirmed this development in a tweet, responding to observant users who had noticed their new lightning nodes. The tweet stated, “Some eagle-eyed users spotted our new lightning nodes recently. Yes – that’s us!”
Binance acknowledged that there are still ongoing technological advancements to be made and promised to provide updates once the integration of the Lightning Network is complete.
Some eagle-eyed users spotted our new lightning nodes recently. Yes – that’s us!
However, there’s still more tech work to be done. We’ll update once Lightning is fully integrated. https://t.co/N0oN8561sN
— Binance (@binance) June 20, 2023
Before this announcement, on May 8, 2023, Binance announced on Twitter that its team had been actively working on facilitating Bitcoin Lightning Network withdrawals and addressing previous issues encountered with their main Bitcoin network.
By successfully integrating the Bitcoin Lightning Network, Binance joins the ranks of competitors such as Kraken and Bitfinex, who have already implemented this technology into their platforms.
The Lightning Network, which operates as a Layer 2 solution, aims to reduce transaction costs and enhance the speed of Bitcoin transactions. It has the potential to scale Bitcoin’s transaction throughput to an impressive 1 million transactions per second.
Notably, the Bitcoin Lightning Network has already found utility in facilitating cross-border transfers between Europe and Africa. In December 2022, a partnership between CoinCorner and Bitnob enabled the utilization of the Lightning Network for seamless fiat currency transfers across these regions. This collaboration allows users to convert GBP into Bitcoin, which is then instantly transferred to the recipient’s local account in African currencies such as the Kenyan shilling (KES), Ghanaian cedi (GHS), and Nigerian naira (NGN). As a result, the Bitcoin Lightning Network offers a swift and efficient method for converting and transmitting funds in these cross-border transactions.
Binance’s integration of the Lightning Network signifies its commitment to embracing innovative solutions and enhancing the user experience for their customers.
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