Bitcoin’s average block size reached a new all-time high ahead of the mining reward reduction set to take place on May 11. 

According to data from CryptoCompare, the average block size of the bitcoin network reached a peak of 1.341 MB on May 2, and almost broke the record days later with a peak of 1.312 MB on May 7. The previous all-time high was established in December 2019, with an average block size of 1.314 MB. 

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Transaction fees also spiked in response to the increased activity on bitcoin’s network, as miner’s prioritize transactions ahead of May 11’s halving event. The average transaction fee for bitcoin reached a high of $3.19 on May 8, up more than 300% from $0.62 in mid-April. 

Bitcoin’s network hash rate underwent similar volatility in the weeks leading up to the halving. According to data from Glassnode, bitcoin’s hash rate reached 142 exahashes per second (EH/s) on May 3, with showing a similar peak occurring on May 2.

Analysts anticipate the network’s hash rate reaching a new all-time high on May 11 as miners increase their competition in response to the drop in bitcoin supply. 

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