The number of distinct addresses for Ethereum layer 2 blockchain networks has climbed to an all-time high last week, a sign that the rollup-centric roadmap is coming to fruition.

According to L2 analytics platform GrowThePie, the number of distinct addresses interacting with at least one layer 2 blockchain network between May 13 and May 19 stood at over seven million, more than double the amount since the last week of 2023. 

The top layer 2 blockchain network by distinct wallets last week was Arbitrum with 3.7 million, making it responsible for 52% of all the addresses that interacted with one or multiple L2s. Base, the L2 that was incubated by dominant U.S.-based exchange Coinbase, took second place with nearly 815,000 addresses.

The base layer of Ethereum, in contrast, had 2.1 million active addresses.

The number of addresses on Ethereum layer 2 networks continues to increase (GrowThePie)
The number of addresses on Ethereum layer 2 networks continues to increase (GrowThePie)

The rollup-centric roadmap entails a shift of activity from Ethereum’s base layer to its layer 2 networks. “Currently, users have accounts on L1, ENS names on L1, applications live entirely on L1, etc. All of this is going to have to change,” wrote Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin in Oct. 2020. “We would need to adapt to a world where users have their primary accounts, balances, assets, etc entirely inside an L2.” 

The sustained growth of addresses interacting with layer 2 networks highlight the ongoing improvements in the Ethereum ecosystem’s scalability, or ability to handle more transactions. 

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The number of distinct addresses on Ethereum L2s hit the new record high before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission approved the 19b-4s filings of several spot ether exchange-traded funds yesterday. While the move is a step closer to the rollout of ETFs directly investing in ETH, the native gas token for the Ethereum blockchain, trading of spot ETH ETFs still awaits a further SEC approval.  

The SEC has to approve S-1 forms, registration documents needed for a firm to offer shares of an ETF to the public. 

The price of ETH has rallied about 20% in the past seven days but has decreased 2.5% in the past 24 hours to trade at $3,720 at the time of writing, data from CoinGecko shows.