Daily Litecoin News Update
We’re closing in on the launch of the “Lightning Network” (LN), and it’s fair that investors are reminded of its merits ahead of time. After all, once this upgrade is out, things may never be the same again for Litecoin.
The Lightning Network promises to solve the biggest problem that cryptocurrencies face today—scalability. And so, LN is touted as a technology that will forever alter the cryptocurrency landscape.
In simple words, it will allow blockchain-based cryptocurrencies to process millions of transactions instantaneously—a solution that would make digital currencies, like Litecoin, comparable to the likes of “Visa” and “Mastercard.”
In the case of Litecoin, the two-minute wait times may be shortened to less than picoseconds.
We have been following the project’s progress on the public repository GitHub, where the project is currently underway. The beta version 0.4.0 of the Lightning Network is almost 87% complete now. (Source: “lightningnetwork/lnd,” GitHub, last accessed March 12, 2018.)
Currently, the LN is running on the testnet, and since we don’t have a final release date yet, chances are that we may have to wait a few more weeks before the technology makes it to the mainnet.
By mainnet, we mean the actual blockchain of Litecoin over which LN will run as a second-layer solution. That’s when average users like you and me may be able to use it.
Another great utility of LN will be the availability of “atomic swaps.” Atomic swaps would make cryptocurrencies fungible, just like fiat currency.
For reference, atomic swaps are figurative blockchain contracts allowing crypto users to swap one crypto with another almost instantly and without the need of an intermediary.
To give you an idea how this may work, picture yourself at a coffee shop in South Africa, where you’ve just run out of local currency. You do have Litecoin, but the seller accepts only Bitcoin. With an atomic swap, you may still be able to buy your morning fuel.
An instant atomic swap will allow you to swap your Litecoin for Bitcoin on the Lightning Network so you can pay the merchant with BTC.
This is no pipe dream. Bitcoin to Litecoin atomic swaps have already been tested. They work!
Litecoin founder Charlie Lee has swapped LTC for BTC in a one-on-one test transaction with a Bitcoin holder. This was done without the need of an exchange.
Did a cross-chain atomic swap with LTC/BTC!
10 LTC for 0.1137 BTC with @JStefanop1.
— Charlie Lee [LTC] (@SatoshiLite) September 22, 2017
That is old news now. The Lightning Network has been under development for a while. But the developers possibly want to perfect its service before it’s delivered to users.
While we wait, it’s good to know that Litecoin prices have been doing better than the broader crypto market as of late.
Chart courtesy of TradingView.com
In the past day, Litecoin prices are up about 3.5% as the market recovers from last week’s slump. As of now, one LTC is trading for $181.89 apiece.
If all goes well, we expect the Lightning Network to be launched by the third quarter. It could become a major catalyst for Litecoin’s mainstream adoption. Henceforth, we may be encouraged to revise our Litecoin price prediction upward. Until then, however, we are sticking with our $400.00 price target for 2018.