24.01.2021

Telegram Releases TON Testnet Explorer and Node Software

On Sept. 6, Telegram released its Telegram Open Network (TON) testnet explorer and node software on its website, two months ahead of its planned launch of the Gram digital currency.

The encrypted instant messaging service Telegram has released the Telegram Open Network (TON) testnet explorer and node software.

Telegram token due in two months

As Cointelegraph reported on Aug. 28, three anonymous investors in Telegram’s $1.7 billion private initial coin offering had said that Telegram confirmed it would issue the first Gram tokens by October.

The investors added at the time that the long-term goal for executives is to make Gram available to all of Telegram’s roughly 300 million users.

According to Russian news outlet Vedomosti, who quoted an anonymous TON investor, TON’s node software and all relevant documentation was to be released to the public on Sept. 1. This first version of the blockchain is expected to feature sharding and various functional consensus mechanisms, the source added.

Purportedly high transaction speed

As Cointelegraph previously reported, Telegram launched a private beta testing of the TON blockchain to a limited number of global developers in April. Two anonymous testers revealed at the time that the blockchain demonstrated an extremely high transaction speed.

Telegram Refusing to Tell SEC How It Spent $1.7 Billion of ICO Cash

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed a court order on Jan. 2 to compel the messaging platform Telegram into releasing details of how the funds raised in its initial coin offering, or ICO, have been spent.

The SEC claims that the requested records are highly relevant to its ongoing case against Telegram, alleging that the $1.7 billion raised selling Gram tokens constituted an unregistered securities sale.

Request for information

The filing requests both testimony and documentation from Telegram relating to the amounts, sources and use of the funds raised from investors. Notably:

“Defendants are now refusing to disclose the bank records concerning how they have spent the $1.7 billion they raised from investors in the past two years and to answer questions about the disposition of investor funds.”

Ongoing unlicensed securities case

As Cointelegraph reported, in October the SEC announced emergency action against Telegram, alleging that its Gram token offering was actually an unlicensed securities sale. This led to a delay in the launch of the TON blockchain, although Telegram denies that the tokens are securities.

The SEC claims that the information requested in the latest filing is relevant to the ongoing case:

“The requested bank records are highly relevant to the issues in dispute in this case, including how much money Telegram has spent, and in what manner, in developing the TON Blockchain, the Telegram Messenger application to be integrated with the TON Blockchain, and related applications.”

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