Tether Integrates with OMG Sidechain to Decrease Load on Ethereum

Tuesday 4 June 2020, 4:28 AM AEST - 1 month ago

Tether Integrates with OMG Sidechain to Decrease Load on Ethereum

Tether stablecoin owned by Bitfinex has announced the decision to integrate with a newly-launched OMG plasma network that is a plasma-based Ethereum sidechain.

With gas costs on the Ethereum network prone to spikes due to congestion, Tether the stablecoin owned by Bitfinex, has announced an integration with the recently-launched OMG plasma network. This enables cheaper and faster transactions and higher reaction time for traders who mostly use the stablecoin in trades.

According to a recent release by Bitfinex chief technical officer (CTO), Paolo Ardoino, the migration of some of the volume of Tether transactions would ease the pressure on the Ethereum network which before now bore the weight of all transactions of the Tether platform. Ardoino said:

By migrating USDT value transfer to the OMG Network, we save costs, drive performance improvements and relieve pressure on the root chain network.

Main Gas Guzzler on Ethereum Network

Data from ETH Gas Station shows that Tether is by far the highest guzzler of gas on the Ethereum network with the network consuming more gas than the next five platforms combined. OMG Network is a plasma-based Ethereum sidechain launched on June 1. It was formerly known as OmiseGo.

In the month of May, Tether gas fees on the Ethereum network were 8,900 ETH or the equivalent of ($1.8 million). Shedding some of the transaction cost makes business and technical sense considering that the Ethereum network has had scaling issues in the past. Gas fees on the network usually soar when it clogs due to high traffic. Under such circumstances, transaction confirmation times could extend to days.

More Exchanges and Wallet Providers Integration

Traders wanting to access the OMG based Tether network can do that through Bitfinex. This is the only channel available in the meantime according to Ardoino who said that ...

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