While not as widely used as those made for fiat currency, cryptocurrency ATMs remain a popular medium for buying and selling cryptocurrency such as bitcoin. Today marks a milestone, as there are now over 3,500 bitcoin ATMs installed and operational around the world.
ATM Count Breaks the 3,500 Mark
The latest data from Coinatmradar — a leading authority that tracks bitcoin ATM locations — shows the slump in bitcoin prices hasn’t had much impact in the rate at which crypto ATMs are being installed and used across the world. The data shows there are currently 3,503 bitcoin ATMs across the globe, as of press time. Out of these installed ATMs, 1,846 (about 52.7 percent) support altcoins with 49 percent and 32.1 percent of these ATMs supporting litecoin and ether, respectively. This new milestone comes 17 months after the total number of bitcoin ATMs surpassed the 1,000 installation mark in early 2017.
America Keeps its Spot
The data from Coinatmradar reports that North America has the largest concentration of ATMs globally, with a whopping 2,594 bitcoin ATMs installed, which translates to 74.05% of the total spread of ATMs installed across the world. Following North America, albeit still far away, is Europe — where the United Kingdom and Austria, dominate, followed closely by Russia and the Czech Republic.
The price of bitcoin has been hit the most this year especially the first quarter of the year where it dropped by almost 50 percent in February falling below $7,000. Despite the price slump, manufacturers have continued to install new crypto ATMs. The report shows the accelerating pace at which ATM operators are installing the machines across the world.
Earlier in May, when there were about 3,052 cryptocurrency ATMs installed and functioning globally, the installation rate was a little above 5.88 bitcoin ATMs/day, which has increased by 66% to the current 8.91 installation speed per day. For manufacturers, two companies dominate the pack: American firm Genesis Coin (33.69 percent) and Europe-based General Bytes (26.89 percent).
From the new report, we can assume a few things such as an increase in demand for buying and selling cryptocurrencies through ATMs and that the business model also seem to be profitable for the manufacturers despite the slump in prices.
Manufacturers are also offering increasing options for consumers through the two-way machines. Two-way ATMs allow consumers to buy and sell cryptocurrencies, while one-way machines are for buying cryptos only. The market share for two-way machines also jumped from 35.32% to 37.03%, as manufacturers invest in improved hardware to earn fees on both sides of the trade.
Bitcoin is Still King
The data shows bitcoin is still the dominant cryptocurrency in the world. About 99.9 percent of all the machines installed around the globe support bitcoin, while 52.7 percent support altcoins, with litecoinbeing the most popular.
With the monthly increase in the number of bitcoin ATMs installed around the world and the pessimism towards cryptos, the future looks good for the industry. The real question is how the landscape will evolve, as ATMs provide an excellent medium that could ramp up the adoption of cryptocurrencies, though riddled with high fees. For now, the price of convenience and ease of use seems too good of a deal for consumers to turn them down — transaction fees not withstanding.