The world’s first 1GB block mined

The world's first 1.0001GB block has been mined on the Bitcoin Unlimited test network
17 October 2017   1648

Bitcoin Unlimited chief scientist, Peter Rizun, reveales that the first 1.0001GB block was mined on a Gigablock testnet. It goes without saying, that the event marks a significant milestone for the big block project backed by the University of British Colombia, Nchain, and the Bitcoin Unlimited development team.

Thus, the current initiative puts scalability to the test by experimenting with much larger blocks to improve blockchain transaction congestion. For instance, both BU and Nchain have been testing larger blocks already in two separate projects: Nchain has been testing 32MB blocks, while BU’s “nolnet” network built by Andrew Stone has experimented with 64MB blocks.      

The development teams believes that increasing the block size limit from 1MB to much larger blocks will significantly reduce high fees and transaction bottleneck. The Gigablock testnet project has very ambitious goals as it aims to create a network that can handle Visa-level transaction throughput (3,000 TPS).

Noteworthy, after testing the Gigablock trial’s findings will be published within the Bitcoin community, the technology may be applied to the Bitcoin Cash network in the future.

Binance to Launch Crypto-Fiat Exchange at Jersey

The new exchange will feature BTC / GBP, ETH / GBP, BTC / EUR and ETH / EUR trading pairs
16 January 2019   72

Binance has opened a branch at Jersey island, targeting Europe and the UK. Its clients will be able to trade Bitcoin and Ethereum for the euro and the British pound. 

The new exchange will feature BTC / GBP, ETH / GBP, BTC / EUR and ETH / EUR trading pairs. To start trading, users must undergo KYC verification.

According to Binance CFO Ju Wei, bidding cryptocurrencies for fiat money will provide Europeans with new opportunities in the face of uncertainty with Brexit affecting the euro and the pound.

Wei also stressed that a strong legal framework makes Jersey one of the leaders in the development of blockchain technology.