The TON development group on Telegram announced that it would discontinue its support of the TON test network. Remaining TON validators will be turned off by August 1.
Telegram was forced down to terminate its blockchain project after the US SEC filed a lawsuit against the company, but Telegram Open Network, the TON testnet, has been running for almost one year.
Despite the testnet will be to shut down, network participants will still be able to continue their experimentation after the testnet is terminated. Users would be able to install their own testnet validators, described in greater detail in three different guidelines.
The TON testnet for explorer and node software was launched on September 6, 2019. The encrypted messaging giant Telegram’s TON plans were never fully realized, as the United States SEC suddenly deemed the $1.7 billion ICO illegal in mid-October.