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After hovering around $380 USD for quite some time since the beginning of this month, Bitcoin has finally moved past the $400 USD exchange rate again and is pushing to get higher. While BTC has been somewhat low in terms of price, but with a network difficulty that is continuing to grow rapidly with another 20 or so percent increase in the network difficulty right around the corner some altcoins have managed to do great. We are talking about Ethereum (ETH) that has had its price skyrocket to over 5 Euro and over 6 USD in the last days and that has also sparked some temporary, but huge interest in some of the Ethereum forks such as Expanse. The way things are moving with more big jumps in the difficulty and the second upcoming block halving this summer people are expecting to see Bitcoin doubling its price, but we are yet to see if that will happen this summer or not…

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The total network hashrate of the Bitcoin network has reached another major milestone, passing over 1 Exahash per second or 1000 Petahashes per second peaking at 1,008,642,232 GHS according to the data from Blockchain.info. Interestingly enough the total network hashrate at the previous difficulty adjustment on January 13th was just about 811 Petahashes and back in November last year the hashrate was just about 500 Petahashes per second or half than what it is now. This is really serious and fast growth of the total network hashrate that Bitcoin is experiencing doubling in just about two months. So what comes next after Exahashes per second, can you guess when the network hashrate will get to Zettabytes or Yottabytes… maybe we are going to see these in the near future if it continues to grow at such fast pace.

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We have compiled a short table showing how much Bitcoin you could mine with 1 THS hashrate starting November 1st up until the estimate for February 1st this year. This period covers 3 months and as you can see the coins mined for just these 3 months pretty much halved due to the rapid increase in the network hashrate and thus the network difficulty. The table shows the numbers of coins you could expect to have mined without any cost for electricity for own hosted mining hardware or maintenance fees for cloud mining. The end result is pretty much the same however – the profit for miners has declined significantly, especially for the ones using older hardware with more electricity being used.

What some of you might not remember that well already is that prior to November last year the exchange rate of Bitcoin was in the $200-230 USD range and around November 1st it was already in the three hundreds, briefly peaking up to about $500 USD. For the last three months the price of BTC has essentially almost doubled, so considering that the difficulty has also doubled miners should still be getting roughly the same amount of USD when they convert the mined BTC, even though the coins mined are half of what they were before.

Later this year another important event for Bitcoin is going to take place, in about 6 months we are expecting to see the second halving of BTC block reward from from 25 to 12.5 coins. This essentially means that the coins mined will yet again drop in half with many expecting that the price of Bitcoin will compensate by increasing further from the level it is now. If this happens we might as well see 1 BTC traded for about $1000 USD as early as this summer…

To keep track of the remaining time you can check the Bitcoin Block Reward Halving countdown here…


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