Telegram Close to Finishing Development of its Billion-Dollar Blockchain Project

Telegram—the company providing cloud-based instant messaging services—is nearing the completion of its much-awaited blockchain network, online documents revealed.

Recently leaked updates from September 5 showed that the overall development of the Telegram Open Network (TON) project has reached 70 percent, with only 30 percent remaining before the completion of the network’s test version.

TON is a scalable decentralized blockchain that could host decentralized applications (dApps), similar to a distributed supercomputer.

The network itself is nearing completion, with most protocols listed over 90 percent. The document detailing the masterchain and shardchain elements on TON is also at 90 percent completion.

However, both the block manipulation library and the validator software are far from being done.

Meanwhile, the TON Virtual Machine (TVM)—the component crucial for executing smart contracts—is also close to being finished. The TVM has undergone internal testing already, with only small modifications coming when the developers see fit.

Telegram made huge headlines in early 2018 when it sold US$1.7 billion worth of Gram tokens (GRAM) on its initial coin offering (ICO). The earnings from that token sale were only second to EOS’ US$4.1 billion in the history of ICOs.

Many online crypto experts believed that the test version of TON would be released possibly early next year, months after the promised Q2 2018 release written on the ICO’s roadmap.

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