The Lightning network is still at an early stage of development, has already more active nodes than the Bitcoin Cash network. It is another reason for the original bitcoin supporters to point out that the BCH hardfork was the wrong decision.

The statistics show that the Lightning Network surpassed the Bitcoin Cash network by the total number of active nodes, with 1347 nodes available, compared to 1286 of Bitcoin Cash. This achievement is especially remarkable taking into account that in mid-January the Lightning Network accounted for tiny 29 nodes.

The growing number of active nodes is a good indicator of increasing user base and its decentralized mode.

It can also be noted that, in comparison with the Lightning Network, a large number of Bitcoin Cash nodes are located on Alibaba servers, most likely located in Huangzhou. That means that Bitcoin Cash nodes are consolidated in one location, depend on one server provider and are not decentralized as it should be.

While these figures do indicate the progress of Lightning, it is worth noting that the network still has a number of technical vulnerabilities. A few weeks earlier, the developer of Bitcoin Core, Peter Todd, hinted that this solution for bitcoin scaling, among other problems, may be vulnerable to DDoS attacks.

Last week, the Lightning Network faced a strong DDoS attack, which resulted in about 200 nodes being disabled. Crypto-enthusiasts attribute responsibility for the attack to the supporters of the failed SegWit2x fork.