The Lightning Ecosystem

Behind the scenes on the Lightning Network, several companies and projects contribute to building the payment rails of the future. In this article, we will highlight what these companies do and who some of them are.

This blog post is a modified extract from the report “The State of Lightning.”

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The Lightning Ecosystem consists of a wide array of companies, ranging from the companies developing the base codes called implementations to traditional businesses accepting Lightning payments. In the following sections, we will take a closer look at the different subcategories of companies and explain their role in the Lightning ecosystem. The Lightning ecosystem is presented below, with a range of companies as illustrations.

Overview of the Lightning Ecosystem with a selection of companies and projects as illustrations.

Technical foundation

The technical foundation is listed at the top of our ecosystem, and this is not by coincidence. At the very core of the Lightning Network ecosystem lays a technical foundation of code implementations, which everything else in the Lightning network builds off.

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The State of Lightning

The State of Lightning provides the most comprehensive overview of usage on the Lightning Network seen to date. The report highlights and explains the growth in network metrics, provides never before published estimates of mainstream adoption on the Lightning Network, and looks into the future. Without spoiling too much, future Lightning activity is likely measured in billions, if not trillions.
Oct 5th 2021