By Amit GuptaFor years, mining companies like HashFast and Avalon have been making money from bitcoin mining.
But now, it seems like mining companies are finding it difficult to profit from their businesses.
HashFast, which is based in India, is one of the top five mining companies in the world.
This comes as no surprise.
Hashfast’s mining operation has a huge footprint in India.
According to its website, the company has over 1,200 employees working on its mining and trading business in the country.
But lately, the firm has been struggling to make money, as its profitability has been hit by the rise of bitcoin.
In its latest quarterly earnings report, Hashfast reported that its profit fell to Rs 1,632 crore in FY15, from Rs 2,876 crore in the same period last year.
The company is not alone.
Several other mining companies have reported similar drops in revenue as bitcoin’s adoption continues to grow.
In March, Chinese mining company AntPool reported that revenue from its mining operations dropped from Rs 4,945 crore to Rs 3,053 crore in 2015.
And in February, another mining company, CoinLab, also reported a drop in profits, from an estimated Rs 5,878 crore to an estimated $1.1 billion in 2015 to a reported Rs 3.5 billion in FY16.
But what is behind these drops in profits?
Is the rise in bitcoin hurting the mining industry?
According to a recent article published in The Financial Times, bitcoin mining is an industry that is “uncompetitive, unstable and heavily regulated”.
This article, by Michael Lewis, points to several reasons why the industry is struggling to gain traction.
Firstly, Lewis points to the fact that bitcoin mining companies tend to operate from “low-security locations”.
He points out that, “Bitcoin mining is relatively easy for criminals to exploit.
A large number of mining operations are located on the Internet, so criminals can easily get access to mining equipment without the use of a password or a user password.”
In order to compete with the more profitable mining operation, bitcoin miners need to be located in remote locations where they cannot be accessed by law enforcement.
Secondly, bitcoin’s anonymity is also a major issue for the industry.
In addition to the risk of being traced back to the bitcoin address of the miner, there is also the risk that hackers can gain access to the Bitcoin network, thereby compromising the integrity of the network.
Thirdly, Lewis states that the bitcoin industry is “highly vulnerable to cyber attacks”, meaning that “cyber criminals can gain control of the bitcoins that are being mined”.
He further states that this can happen by using a malware-like method.
In an article published on Medium.com, Amit Gupta, co-founder of BTCJam, explained that the rise and rise of cryptocurrency mining is “a trend that has been around for years.”
He noted that mining has always been a profitable business, but “in the past two years, miners have been finding it hard to keep up with the growing popularity of bitcoin”.
Gupta explained that mining was “unfavourable” in the past, as it took “a long time to get established in India”.
He added that the recent rise of cryptocurrencies has led to “a spike in the price of bitcoin and the mining market”.
Gupta went on to say that the industry needs to diversify to avoid being “unprofitable”.
He also stated that Bitcoin mining companies need to “get more competitive and more efficient”, as “a lot of bitcoin mining operations have been shut down”.
Gupta also highlighted that Bitcoin companies need more capital to grow, adding that “more than $10 billion dollars was invested in Bitcoin startups last year”.
The industry needs more capital for growth and expansion.
And Gupta wants mining companies to focus on “sustainable growth” instead of trying to compete.
As Gupta has pointed out, bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, but it is not a currency.
“Bitcoin is a currency and there is no reason to use a cryptocurrency when you can make money with bitcoin,” he explained.
He explained that bitcoin is “an extremely volatile and volatile currency”.
Gupta further stated that “bitcoin is a speculative asset”.
So, what are the mining companies doing to attract more mining capital?
Gupta said that Bitcoin startups need to focus more on “high-tech solutions” rather than “low tech solutions”.
Gupta added that Bitcoin has become “more attractive to the large mining companies”.
Bitcoin companies are looking for high-tech applications to attract new investors.
Gupta suggested that companies like BitcoinJam and HashFast “should invest in high-end hardware, software and other technology solutions to make the industry more profitable”.
In addition, Gupta also mentioned that mining companies should consider offering “tokenization” to attract additional capital.
“Tokenization means using the power of bitcoin to pay for infrastructure costs, and allowing people to use their bitcoin for things like buying things with bitcoin, etc.,” Gupta said.The