Ethereum (ETH) – The coin to watch in 2019: Raiden Red Eyes to drive growth

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After trailing XRP (XRP) for over a month, Ethereum (ETH) is closing in and looks set to retake the 2nd spot. At the time of writing Ethereum (ETH)’s market cap stood at $13,352,779,051 hot in the heels of XRP (XRP) whose market cap now stands at $14,960,792,441. It is also outpacing all the other top 10 coins in gains, pushing up by 14.62% at the time of writing.

Ethereum (ETH)’s rise comes as a surprise to many, considering that it was one of the cryptos that many had written off as a dead project, in the heat of the bear market. That’s due to the persistent scaling issues that Ethereum has faced in the past, and the rise of so many projects all claiming to be Ethereum (ETH) killers.

However, this is all about to change. A few days ago, the
Raiden network announced the release of red eyes alpha on the Ethereum (ETH)
mainnet. This will help solve the scaling and privacy issues that Ethereum
(ETH) has faced in the past. Here are the key features of Red Eye as per the
Raiden Network’s blog.

  • Opening, topping up, closing and settling of payment channels
  • Opening, topping up, closing and settling of payment channels
  • Single and multi-hop transfers
  • Automatically joining a token network and opening channels with peers
  • REST API with endpoints for all functionalities
  • Redesigned WebUI
  • Rewritten and more gas efficient smart contracts (e.g. only one contract per token network)
  • Improved protocol for dealing with edge cases
  • Recoverability in case of an irregular shutdown of the Raiden node
  • Integration of the Matrix transport protocol for messaging

Going into 2019, this will play a major role in driving up
the value of Ethereum (ETH). That’s because, without the scaling issues that have
plagued Ethereum (ETH) in the past, it is unrivalled in the platforms
blockchains space. This could see the number of projects building on the
Ethereum blockchain grow multiple times.

Ethereum prospects in 2019 are also enhanced by the fact that
it already has an established network. The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance includes
some of the largest corporations in the world. As Ethereum gets to scale better
with Raiden and other 2nd layer solutions, more corporations will
start building on the Ethereum blockchain.   This wide network will play a significant
role in driving up Ethereum (ETH) in the long-run.

With its fundamentals getting better, and its price at
massive lows in 2018, Ethereum could draw in more investments than any other
cryptocurrency in 2019.  It is already
showing signs of massive growth, if its price action in the last 2 weeks is anything
to go by.

Ethereum will also be backed by the fact that, with the ability
to scale efficiently, it could consolidate the platform blockchains space, and
kill off the competition. Most of Ethereum’s competitors are new projects that
are far from Ethereum (ETH) in terms of network clout.  As such, there is a real possibility that
most of the developments in this space could consolidate around Ethereum (ETH).
How high it could go is a matter of speculation. If this momentum continues,
Ethereum (ETH) could easily retest its all-time highs in 2019.  

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