Although Telegram cancelled its blockchain project, Telegram Open Network (TON), in May 2020, the TON test network has apparently been running for almost a year.
In an update made on July 6, the official group in charge of TON development, announced in Telegram that they will suspend the support in the test network for TON. The remaining TON validators will be shut down by August 1st. In the release, a TON network official recommended participants to save all their relevant data and stop their testing process.
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Although the test network is scheduled to be closed in less than a month from now, network participants will still be able to continue their testing once the test Bitcoin Investor network has been closed. In order to do so, users can install their own test network validators, described in more detail in three different explanatory documents containing guidelines for the entire node, the validator and the test Grams.
The test network was launched in September 2019
Telegram launched the TON test network for the scanner and node software on September 6, 2019. In anticipation of its scheduled launch on October 31 last year, the company launched an alpha version of an iOS wallet to work with its native token, the Gram. But Telegram’s TON plans were never fully realized, as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) suddenly deemed Telegram’s USD 1.7 billion ICO in mid-October illegal.
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After a long legal battle with U.S. regulators, Telegram agreed to close its TON project, as well as to return USD 1.2 billion to its investors, all in compliance with the final agreement approved by the court. As officially announced by Telegram’s CEO, Pavel Durov, the company had already paid back more than USD 1.2 billion by June 25th.