Experts yet to explain massive spike in ETH active addresses

On-chain metrics firm Santiment says it is still investigating the cause of a sudden surge of ETH active addresses, which have eclipsed the previous ATH by a whopping 48%

On July 27, the analytics firm tweeted that the number of daily active addresses on Ethereum had suddenly spiked to 1.06 million, shattering the previous high of 718,000 set back in 2018.

An active address is one that has made a transaction in the past 24 hours. The number of active addresses can indicate the level of on-chain activity from developers and projects inputting updates to their work or platforms, and traders performing simple token transfers.

However, Santiment says its team is still investigating the cause of the spike. Cointelegraph also reached out to Ethereum core developer Tim Beiko to explain the unusual activity but did not get an immediate response.

#Ethereum shattered records Tuesday after an incredible surge in address activity broke its #AllTimeHigh by a wide margin. 1.06M $ETH addresses made transactions, & the team is still investigating the cause of the +48% increase over the previous record. https://t.co/fRLNXkx0PR pic.twitter.com/oXhGvCTJef

— Santiment (@santimentfeed) July 27, 2022

Head of strategy at Coinbase Conor Grogan posted in a Twitter thread that the increase in activity comes from a high number of token transfers per unit of gas rather than from greater adoption.

He explained that the spike in active addresses is due to an increase “mundane” send/receive activity, such as “Binance doing a maintenance sweep,” as opposed to more “productive” activity from decentralized finance (DeFi) and nonfungible token (NFT).

Ethereum reached an all time high in “daily active addresses” today.

Counter-intuitively, I don’t think this means that Ethereum has greater adoption than any previous time period. It means that send and receive addresses per unit of gas was at highs. pic.twitter.com/fjQbfdo0tb

— Conor (@jconorgrogan) July 28, 2022

Active addresses had been increasing since their two-year low point of 364,400 on June 26 with a notable smaller spike on July 16 up to 583,000 according to Santiment data.

The daily active addresses metric for Tether (USDT) has also seen a significant spike in active addresses over the past two days from July 26 to 27, possibly corroborating Grogan’s observations about greater activity coming from simple token transfers.

Goerli/Prater Merge Announcement

Prater will run through the Bellatrix upgrade on August 4th, and merge with Goerli between August 6-12th: if you run a node or validator, this is your last chance to go through the process before mainnet https://t.co/JAz5AJe12B

— Tim Beiko | timbeiko.eth (@TimBeiko) July 27, 2022

The Goerli and Prater testnets for Ethereum are expected to merge together into a single Goerli testnet between August 6 and 12 according to a July 27 blog post from the Ethereum team. The Ethereum mainnet is expected to transition into its own merge on September 19.

The spike in activity was followed by a 15.5% pump on Ether (ETH) over the past 24 hours from $1,425 to $1,648 according to CoinGecko.