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Welcome to The Open Network
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TON is a fully decentralized layer-1 blockchain designed by Telegram to onboard billions of users. It boasts ultra-fast transactions, tiny fees, easy-to-use apps, and is environmentally friendly.

Mass adoption. Massive distribution

TON is scalable and shardable. Its flexible architecture lets it grow and grow, with no loss of performance.

Toncoin: The future of currency

It's used for transaction fees, securing the blockchain through staking, deciding how the network develops, and settling payments.

TON timeline

Late 2018
The Durov brothers, founders of Telegram Messenger, release the first version of the Telegram Open Network whitepaper.
Telegram was forced to cease active development of TON. A vibrant open-source community continues to maintain the network and build new TON functionality, bringing Telegram's design to fruition.
TON becomes The Open Network. TON mainnet is fully live operational, hosting ultra-cheap, fast, and ecologically friendly transactions.

TON Wallets

TON wallet allows you to make fast secure blockchain-based payments without intermediaries. A wallet that only you control - directly, without middlemen or bankers.

Blockchain analysis

TON, Solana, and Ethereum 2.0 are examples of Proof of Stake blockchains. But key design and implementation differences mean TON comes out ahead on performance, versatility, and design.


Ethereum 2.0


Block time
5 sec.
12 sec.
1 sec.
Under 6 sec.
6.4 sec.
Simple transaction  performance
Potentially high
Complex transaction  performance
Sharding support
Maх. 260 shards per workchain
Max. 26 shards
Slow time-to-finality

Disclaimer: Please note that as with all technical comparisons, context is important when interpreting the table numbers. Refer to blockchain analysis for more information.

A blockchain for developers

TON has plenty of unique features that differentiate it from other layer-1 blockchains.
Actor model
Virtual machine
External messaging
Fully universal

Actor model

The actor model is a mathematical model of concurrent computation and is at the heart of TON smart contracts. In it, each smart contract can receive one message, change its own state or send one or several messages per unit time. As a result, the entire blockchain, as well as a given contract, can scale up to host an unlimited amount of users and transactions.

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TON Community

Starting 2020, TON has grown thanks to the tireless efforts of a worldwide decentralized community of crypto enthusiasts, developers, designers, and other professionals. Our community is the key to TON's future, and we'd love for you to join us.

Apps & Services

Discover the world of apps built on TON. They're convenient, user-friendly, and perfect for those just joining the world of crypto.
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Everyone can participate

There are plenty of opportunities for people to contribute to the network, even if they have no technical background.