TON as soon as stood for “Telegram Open Network,” however has modified its identify to replicate the messaging large’s departure from the blockchain undertaking. The undertaking will merely be often called “The Open Network” going ahead.
Telegram formally terminated its involvement in Telegram Open Network in mid-May 2020. Although Telegram’s model of TON is not shifting ahead, it has given rise to different tasks like Free TON and NewTON.
The identify change was deliberate from the start
TON’s white paper revealed that the undertaking’s identify has two completely different meanings — “Telegram Open Network,” and “The Open Network”.
Revealed in early 2019, the 23-page white paper reads:
“By 2021 the initial TON vision and architecture will have been implemented and deployed. TON will then let go of the “Telegram” aspect in its identify and develop into “The Open Network”. From then on, the continual evolution of the TON Blockchain shall be maintained by the TON Foundation.”
“The Open Network” rebrand is efficient instantly
Telegram Open Network was initially designed by Telegram CTO and co-founder Nikolai Durov, working alongside his brother (and Telegram CEO), Pavel Durov. With Telegram abandoning the undertaking, the corporate’s identify and involvement in each aspect of TON disappears.
In a May 12 assertion, Pavel Durov explicitly acknowledged that different TON-based tasks don’t have anything to do with Telegram:
“You may see – or may have already seen – sites using my name or the Telegram brand or the “TON” abbreviation to advertise their tasks. […] While networks primarily based on the expertise we constructed for TON could seem, we gained’t have any affiliation with them and are unlikely to ever help them in any approach.”
Same expertise, completely different networks
Prior to Durov’s announcement, an impartial group of software program builders referred to as the Free TON group launched the “Free TON Blockchain” on May 7. Despite utilizing the unique system structure designed by Nikolai Durov, the Free TON Blockchain is a totally completely different community with its personal tokens. They are often called TON Crystals, or TONs.
A Free TON consultant defined to Cointelegraph that “Telegram Open Network” and “The Open Network” check with the identical expertise, however completely different networks.
Telegram didn’t reply to Cointelegraph’s request to remark by press time. This article shall be up to date if any new info comes by.