Developer shares insights on ETH 2.0 and why he’s feeling good about Ethereum right now

Ethereum’s market cap dropped below $500 billion at press time. Needless to say that Ethereum’s short-term weakness doesn’t really bother its long-term investors as it still holds over $166 billion in TVL.

What’s coming?

Well, the network is gearing up for ETH 2.0, its biggest upgrade since 2015. As per developer Tim Beiko, both ETH 1.0 and ETH 2.0 teams worked together in October on the prototypes for the transition. With most ‘specification in place,’ Beiko explained what’s coming next in an interview.

“What we’re doing during November is we’re trying to have these very short-lived test nets.”

But, even before that, ETH 2.0 deposit contract has topped the staked value of 100,000 ETH.

With the confidence in the market, Beiko also hoped that they have something substantial before the December holidays. What Beiko is referring to is the Arrow Glacier upgrade that is projected to take place on 8 December 2021. As that happens, the developer commented that the Ethereum community is interacting to understand the changes that are to come.

With that, the milestone of the ‘Merge’ is closer than ever. But, when is it scheduled? Beiko answered,

“Next year, for sure.”

Also, Beiko added that if the codes are done by February, the Merge should commence somewhere in April or May. He also said,

“It’s hard to give it a specific date just yet because if we find a major bug or something that takes us three weeks to fix you know, that delays things by three weeks.”

Nonetheless, the chair of all core devs at the Ethereum Foundation is looking quite optimistic.

“I’m feeling pretty good about Ethereum right now”

100 days of EIP-1559

With ETH 2.0 in focus,  EIP-1559 deserves a mention which took place on 5 August this year.  According to Christine Kim, a Research Associate at Galaxy Digital,  ‘EIP1559 has saved users a total of $844 million in transaction fees through base fee refunds’ since its activation.

The improvement proposal is considered a milestone as it is set to begin a deflationary trend on Ethereum. Kim added,

“56% of new coins issued on #Ethereum has been offset by the amount of $ETH burned through base fees.”

However, there are still some shortcomings in the existing network. The researcher noted that the ‘average cost of sending a transaction on Ethereum has continued to climb.’ While it has not decreased miner revenue, high fees remain a problem for Ethereum, according to Kim.

” Despite lower earnings from transaction fees, total miner revenue in dollar terms has increased 33%.

In this context, Beiko agreed about the fees,

“I think we’re on the right path… If I could accelerate something it would be better tooling and migrations around layer 2. I think the fees on Ethereum are quite high right now. “

Having said that, Real Vision founder and investor Raoul Pal is seeing an Ethereum spike as much as 300% by December-end. He predicted,

“Now, I don’t expect perfection but with all the other analysis I have done, something like a 100% to 300% rally is highly probable into year end.”