Study: Ethereum is More Popular than Bitcoin in India

Jana, Indian free internet provider has reported that according to its latest research, Ethereum is more popular than Bitcoin in this country
05 April 2018   1638

Quartz reported that Ethereum kept a 34.4% share of cryptocurrency search opposite 29.9% for Bitcoin when analyzing seeking requests between October 2017 and February 2018. By the end of February, alongside the tightening regulation in India, the interest in Ethereum had relatively risen twice than the one in Bitcoin.

Cryptocurrencies have been greatly demanded in India over the past year, sometimes Bitcoin was trading at a 30% bonus. The reason can be watched back to 2016, when the Reserve Bank of India removed high-value bills from circulation in a move that shocked the nation. It accentuated the value of a currency that isn’t controlled by a central official – the principal that determined the creation of Bitcoin more than 10 years ago.

Nevertheless, following previews from other central banks including the UK and the US, India’s central bank has been using regulatory impact on its local cryptocurrency exchanges and national banks. Ultimately, it has been declared that trading volumes on India’s popular bitcoin trading platforms have collapsed by 90%.

This decrease in trading volumes could illustrate that traders in India are moving away from centralized trading platforms. The might of cryptocurrencies is that they can be exchanged peer to peer. According CryptoCompare`s analysis, two-thirds of Indian Rupee transactions now take place on LocalBitcoins – a person to person bitcoin trading site that doesn’t rely on a centralized exchange in order to convert into fiat.

Growing interest in Ethereum reflects a general trend relatively to diversifying crypto-assets, it is the currency of choice for investing in Initial Coin Offerings. In a rigid market, traders have been searching for these crypto-startups in order to find returns. According to co-founder and CEO of Unocoin Sathvik Vishwanath, an Indian bitcoin exchange and as reported by Quartz, “The market is very, very dull,” as regulation and tax is weighing on people’s minds.

Probably the interest in Ethereum revealed by Jana simply reflects Sathvik’s spirits. The market has relived a difficult few months, Ethereum’s promise of decentralized apps and its ERC-20 based-ICOs offer the Indian market a more positive future in a bearish market.

BitPay to Add Ethereum Support

The company will implement Ethereum support on BitPay Visa prepaid debit cards and allow merchants to accept coin as a mean of payment
17 September 2019   223

BitPay cryptocurrency processing will add support for Ethereum in the coming weeks. Merchants will be able to accept a coin as payment, and users can store it in their wallet.

BitPay is consistently at the forefront of using cryptocurrency to solve real-world problems and offer our global customers the best options to accept and pay with multiple blockchain assets. As one of the largest crypto currencies by market cap and one used by thousands of companies, Ethereum is the next logical choice.

Stephen Pair

CEO of BitPay

The company will also implement Ethereum support on BitPay Visa prepaid debit cards.

It is exciting to see BitPay leading the way in integrating Ethereum into global payment systems. This truly opens up a new world of possibilities for the Ethereum ecosystem, and together we can continue to be a leading innovator for real world use cases for cryptocurrencies.

Vitalik Buterin
Founder and creator, Ethereum

At the moment, the service supports Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, and also offers merchants settlements in stablecodes USDC, GUSD and PAX and 12 world currencies.