Ethereum has developed into a veritable alternative to Bitcoin within a few years. It’s about much more than just digital assets.
What is Ethereum (ETH)?
Ethereum is a decentralized, programmable system based on blockchain technology. You can describe it as an association of independent computers that appears to end users as a closed system. In contrast to Bitcoin, Ethereum not only enables transactions of assets, but also a variety of other applications based on so-called “smart contracts”. These are digital contracts that come into force independently under certain previously defined conditions.
Ethereum uses its own cryptocurrency for asset transactions between participating computers. With a market capitalization of 455.2 billion US dollars, it is currently the second largest cryptocurrency behind Bitcoin.