TON’s history and roadmap

Learn about the history of The Open Network and our roadmap for upcoming products.
2018
The Telegram Messenger team, led by brothers Pavel and Nikolai Durov, begin exploring blockchain solutions for Telegram Messenger. Finding no current Layer 1 blockchain able to support Telegram's 9-figure userbase, they decide to design their own layer-1 chain, then called Telegram Open Network. 
2018
Telegram raised $1.7b in a private sale of TON tokens (then called Grams) in one of the largest cryptocurrency offerings ever.
2019
The Telegram team releases a series of documents detailing the design of the TON blockchain. Telegram spins up two TON testnets - one in Spring 2019, and the second in November 2019.
The Telegram team launches the first TON testnet in the spring of 2019, after which the code becomes open-source, and testnet2 goes live on Nov. 15, 2019. 
Oct 2019
The US Securities and Exchange Commission sues Telegram, accusing it of conducting an unregistered securities offering. Telegram argues that the SEC's claims were baseless, but agrees to postpone the launch of TON until legal matters are resolved. 
Mar 2020
Amid its ongoing battle of attrition with the U.S. regulator, Telegram finally decides to call it quits. 
May 2020
The Telegram team cease development of TON and support of testnet2, pay a $18.5m settlement, and agree to return funds to investors. 
2020-2021
A small team of open-source developers - NewTON - dive deep into TON's codebase, architecture, and documentation. They resume active development of TON in keeping with the design detailed in TON's original documentation. 
May 2021
Testnet2 remains stable for a long time and the community votes for renaming it as Mainnet. NewTON team, in turn, is renamed as TON Foundation — a not-for-profit community focused on further support and development of the network. 
May 2021
Stable and secure blockchain
2021 Q3
TON-ETH and TON-BSC Bridges
2021 Q4
Listing on the top exchanges
TON Subscriptions
2022 Q1
TON Nominators
TON DeFi
TON Developers Program
We are here
2022 Q2
TON DNS
TON Payments
2022 Q3
TON Proxy
TON Sites
2022 Q4
TON Storage
2023
Bitcoin & EVM Workchains