Lightning Network Deployed on Bitcoin Main Network

December 28, 2017 by Cameron Bishop

In a major breakthrough in improving the Bitcoin user experience, developers have confirmed that Lightning Network transactions have been successfully deployed on Bitcoin’s main net. Every advancement in speeding up transaction confirmation time in the Bitcoin network is a good news as investors are getting frustrated by the long queue of unconfirmed transactions and high miner fees of about 1000 Satoshis per byte.

Lightning is a decentralized network using smart contract functionality in the block chain to enable instant payments across a network of participants. It is one of the most eagerly awaited “layer two” upgrade for the Bitcoin Network. The successful deployment of Lightning Network will result in instantaneous transactions at a low cost. Further, the network will also be scalable and facilitate atomic swaps.

Lightning Labs

The testnet platform can be used to create a wallet and get a feel of the technology using test Bitcoins (tBTC). Transactions get completed in a few seconds. Once the technology goes live, payments can be made quickly using Bitcoin. A beta release is soon expected.

As of now, the miner fees can be reduced using Segwit addresses. However, several major wallet providers and payment processors do not support it.

Commenting on the project, Lightning’s co-founder Elizabeth Stark said she

“looked forward to way more of what no one has ever done.”

In a couple of months, we can expect Bitcoin network to have a fully functioning Lightning transaction facility.

  • Tokyo Women Are Amazing

    This is shit.

  • Ian Law

    No. that is propaganda from Bcash corporatists. LN can offer better speed, privacy and cheaper fees than onchain transactions ever can.

  • Gabriel Pettier

    Assuming you are genuinly asking.
    – It will be similar or better in terms of costs/speed, once you have a channel setup with the people you want to pay to, or can network to them through nodes you have channel with.
    It’s different in a number of a reasons:
    – Still no “backing up” from a transaction, sent money is sent gone
    – No credit of any kind, it’s your own money you are sending, no the hub is only providing a channel to get there, and can’t mess with the payment in any way.

    and probably a number of more subtle differences…

  • Jukka S.

    This is awesome! That’s how it should done. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I understood these payment channels will work on layer above Bitcoin’s on-chain network and that layer is implemented via decentralized node network so it can scale network without compromising the trustless nature of bitcoin.

  • David ‘tex Houston

    so basically like VISA or MASTERCARD?