23 Percent of Companies Using Bitpay Payment Use Crypto
Recent years have witnessed a surge in the use of blockchain payment technology, with thousands of companies across the world utilizing it for faster, more secure, and less expensive financial transactions.
As one of the leading players on the market, BitPay has had a huge role in transforming how businesses and people send, receive, and store money around the world.
According to data presented by Aksje Bloggen, financial services and internet industry lead in BitPay payments, with around 23% of companies using crypto.
Over 101,000 Average Transactions per Month in 2020
BitPay provides payment processing solutions for businesses that want to accept cryptocurrency payments for their products and services. Its payment protocol offers users a more secure and streamlined cryptocurrency checkout process. All customers need to do is select crypto as their payment method where the vendor supports BitPay, and pay the invoice directly from their wallet.
Behind financial services and the internet industry as the leading markets, the prepaid card market ranked as the third-leading sector in BitPay payments, revealed Statista and BitPay data. Over 16% of companies operating in this industry accepted cryptocurrency payments as of July.
Statistics show the Virtual Private Network (VPN) market ranked as the fourth sector on this list, with 10.4% of companies that have accepted cryptocurrency. Computer games, food and beverages, and currency exchange follow, with 4.2%, 3.2%, and 3.1% share, respectively. The BitPay data revealed that only 1.9% of businesses in the IT industry use blockchain payment systems.
Statistics also indicate the BitPay payments witnessed a steady rise in 2020. In February, the average number of transactions per month stood at 98,500. After a 4% drop in March, it rose to more than 100,700 in April and continued growing. By the end of July, the average number of monthly BitPay transactions jumped to nearly 110,000, an 11% increase in five months.
57% of Users Pay with BitPay or Blockchain Wallet
Statistics also indicate that over 88% of businesses use Bitcoin for cryptocurrency payments. Bitcoin Cash and Ethereum follow, with 4.3% and 3.9% of all BitPay transactions in July.
Analyzed by type of wallet, the BitPay wallet represents the leading digital wallet for BitPay transactions, with a 36% share among all users. Blockchain Wallet ranked as the second most-used crypto wallet, with a 21.6% market share as of July. Electrum Wallet, Coinbase and Exodus wallet follow, with 7.1%, 5.2%, and 3.3% share among users, respectively.
Is Bitcoin Set to Have a 2017-style Mini Boom This Year?
Bitcoin to Surge Like in 2017 this Year
Bitcoin’s price is set to “surge before the end of 2020” with investors keen not to “sleepwalk” through a 2017-style mini-boom, says the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory and fintech organizations.
The prediction from Nigel Green, the deVere Group CEO and founder, which has $12bn under advisement, comes as Bitcoin – already one of the best-performing assets this year – appears to be on the brink of a bullish breakout.
In recent days, Square, which is owned by the billionaire founders of Twitter, has allocated 1% of its cash reserves to the cryptocurrency, whilst a former Goldman Sachs hedge fund chief says the price of Bitcoin will jump to $1m in five years.
Mr Green comments: “There’s been something of an avalanche of interest in Bitcoin in recent weeks from household-name investors.
“Investor activity is picking up considerably with various on-chain metrics and ongoing – and heightening – global political, economic and social turbulence suggesting that there will be a price surge before the end of the year.
“Like gold, Bitcoin can be expected to retain its value or even grow in value when other assets fall, therefore enabling investors to reduce their exposure to losses.
“Investors will increase exposure to decentralised, non-sovereign, secure digital currencies, such as Bitcoin, to help shield them from the potential issues in traditional markets”.
He continues: “There’s a growing sense that we’re set to experience a mini-boom similar to that at the end of 2017.
“Prices are yet to catch-up with investor interest – but this is only a matter of time as investors will not want to sleepwalk towards perhaps year-high prices in the run-up to the end of 2020.”
The late 2017 bull run saw the Bitcoin price reach its all-time high of $20,089.
The deVere CEO concludes: “There’s been a notable ramping-up of interest in Bitcoin amongst investors since the end of summer. Indeed, it has been the best performing week for one of the year’s best-performing assets since July.
“I can see no reason why this upward trajectory will not continue between now and the end of the year.”
Global Spending on Blockchain Up by 50%, US Leads with $1.6 Billion
Blockchain Spending Rose by 50 Percent Globally
According to the research data analyzed and published by Stock Apps, global blockchain spending is set to hit $4.1 billion in 2020. From $2.7 billion in 2019, it is estimated to grow by nearly 50%. Over the five-year period between 2020 and 2024, it is expected to maintain a 46.4% CAGR.
The International Data Corporation (IDC) also states that the total spending on blockchain solutions will be nearly $18 billion by 2024.
Finance Sector Accounts for Nearly 30% of All Blockchain Spending
Another report from Markets and Markets indicates that the global blockchain market is estimated to be worth $3.0 billion in 2020. It is projected to grow at a 67.3% CAGR between 2020 and 2025, to reach a $39.7 billion valuation by the end of the period.
The total spending in the blockchain space amounted to $1.5 billion in 2018. At the time, the financial sector was most dominant, accounting for 60% of all spending. Though it still leads in 2020, its market share is now about half of that, at 29.7%.
Between 2020 and 2024, the IDC predicts that the blockchain industry will maintain a healthy pace of investment at 45.3% CAGR. Process and discrete manufacturing will together account for 22.3% of all blockchain spending in 2020. While process manufacturing will grow at a 50.3% CAGR, discrete manufacturing will grow at 46.5%.
With $1.6 billion, the US will top the list globally in terms of spending while Western Europe will be second with $1.0 billion. China will take the third spot with $457 million, but it will be the leading country in terms of growth, with a 51.7% CAGR.
China’s blockchain spending was $87 million in 2017. It could rise as high as $1.420 billion by 2022. Prior to the pandemic, it was growing at a 65.7% CAGR against APAC’s 50.3% and the global’s 60.2%.
Elon Musk Installs Bitcoin ATM at Tesla in Nevada
Bitcoin ATM Found in Elon Musk’s Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada
Will Reeves, the founder of Fold Inc, a company that builds payments stack for a new economy— one that puts privacy and bitcoin within the reach of every shopper, on Sunday said he saw a Bitcoin ATM at the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada.
I “just passed by and saw @elonmusk has a bitcoin ATM at the Gigafactory,” Reeves said via his Twitter account.
Reeves accompanied the tweet with a Google maps image revealing the exact location of the ATM.
However, on Monday Elon Musk, Tesla founder and CEO, downplayed the whole bitcoin ATM, saying he did not believe the claim was accurate.
But a bitcoin ATM operator, LibertyX, in a direct message, confirmed that three bitcoin ATM machines were enabled in the factor to allow employees to access their funds and also transact bitcoin.
LibertyX said: “We have enabled 3 traditional ATMs inside so employees can use their debit cards and buy bitcoin.”
The company claimed it has installed over 5,000 crypto ATMs across the U.S. and has bitcoin buying service in 20,000 stores in the United States.
Why is this Important?
The news validates bitcoin’s growing acceptance by the mainstream and also attests to global firms like Tesla gradually considering it as a means of payment.
While bitcoin ATMs does not tell much about crypto adoption, the fact that the company claimed it has installed over 5,000 in the US alone and has bitcoin buying service in 20,000 stores in the world’s largest economy, showed bitcoin is gradually growing on people.
Also, the more people adopt the digital coin, the higher its value.
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