Coinbase will integrate Bitcoin's Lightning Network (LN) to allow faster and cheaper transactions in its platform.

CEO Brian Armstrong announced the decision on September 13, supporting Lighting Network despite criticism from the wider crypto community.

"The team did a great job digging into this, and we've made the decision to integrate Lightning. Bitcoin is the most important asset in crypto and we're excited to do our part to enable faster/cheaper Bitcoin transactions. Will take some time to integrate so please be patient," the Coinbase CEO stated in a tweet. 

The decision comes after a month-long feasibility investigation by Coinbase and public questioning of Armstrong's position on LN by MicroStrategy founder Michael Saylor and Square CEO Jack Dorsey.

In line with the recent announcement, the crypto community noted Coinbase's LN integration will allow for more efficient Bitcoin microtransactions.

The news came shortly after Binance completed its integration of the Bitcoin LN for withdrawals and deposits, giving users the option to select "LIGHTNING" for transactions.