Impact of Kazakhstan on Bitcoin Miners

  • By: Thorsten Meyer
  • Date: 12. January 2022
  • Time to read: 3 min.

How are people who mine for bitcoins reacting to Kazakhstan’s new regulations?

Kazakhstan is the latest country to create Bitcoin mining regulations. While there was no law the Kazakhstan government simply shut down The internet in Kazakhstan because of the large Bitcoin mining farms, that dud led to a drop off in the mining rate. According to a Bitcoin hash rate distribution chart, Kazakhstan contributed 20% of the Bitcoin hash rate throughout the second half of 2021 and fell to a reported 13.4% after the demonstrations.

Back in 2021: China Crypto Ban

What was the intended effect of China’s moratorium on mining, which took place in mid-2021 and resulted in mining operations moving to the United States among other countries? See also our article on the China ban from 2021.

Pro-Bitcoin Spanish Legislator María Muñoz

A Spanish lawmaker is pushing to turn Spain into a bitcoin mining hotspot. Pro-Bitcoin Spanish legislator María Muñoz encourages Bitcoin miners from Kazakhstan to establish themselves in Spain. When it comes to cryptocurrencies, María Muñoz is no novice. Her political party suggested a national cryptocurrency plan in October 2021, demonstrating her support for the Bitcoin network.

Spain welcomes Bitcoin Mining

There are no laws prohibiting Bitcoin in Spain. The introduced bill aims to make Spain a Bitcoin mining hotspot in order to attract Bitcoin miners from the protests going on in Kazakhstan. It contains several suggestions for how Spain might entice Bitcoin miners fleeing from Kazakhstan to relocate there. Muñoz began by detailing the importance of the Kazakhstani demonstrations and how the government was compelled to shut down all internet access. The bill demonstrated how cryptocurrencies had a significant impact on Spain’s economy throughout the year, despite the lack of government-endorsed rules.

While some think that is this one of the main reasons driving the price of Bitcoin down to $40k I did see another more logical reason, the shutdown of the Kazakhstan internet did do only one thing similar to what happened when China executed the ban, the yield went up.

As with the China ban, this event shows how powerful the Bitcoin blockchain is in resilience, taking a large portion of the blockchain did not impact the Proof of Work Blockchain that runs Bitcoin. Bitcoin miners are rewarded for their participation in Bitcoin’s Proof of Work with new Bitcoin, so when the difficulty goes up as it did in January 2021 and February 2021, the Bitcoin rewards go down.

Bitcoin miners flee to other countries to continue mining operations like they have done in China and now Kazakhstan. These events show how powerful blockchain technology is and how it cannot be shut down by anyone government. Bitcoin will continue to grow and be used more throughout the world.

Conclusion

Kazakhstan is the latest country to create Bitcoin mining regulations. While there was no law the Kazakhstan government simply shut down The internet in Kazakhstan because of the large Bitcoin mining farms, that dud led to a drop off in the mining rate. According to a Bitcoin hash rate distribution chart, Kazakhstan contributed 20% of the Bitcoin hash rate throughout the second half of 2021 and fell to a reported 13.0% after the demonstrations.

Bitcoin Mining Farm

In the end, it did not matter really.

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