According to TON Board Telegram channel, Telegram original investors have received emails from the core team, confirming the TON Network launch date in late October.
Investors were invited to generate the keys via Key Generation Software and to share the public keys with the team in order to receive Grams. Since they can submit their public keys till the October 16th, the launch is most likely expected after this deadline.
Additionally, the team highlights that the entire source code of TON is available on Github and that investors themselves will have to select validators:
“Neither Telegram nor the TON Foundation will serve as validators post-launch.”
Earlier in September, Telegram unveiled new software on the test net. Judging from the wording of the announcement, the “initial testing period” was successful. According to the current agreement with investors, the mainnet is to be launched no later than the end of October.
In the meantime, developers are already welcome at TON. Last week, Telegram invited programmers to a coding competition to build smart contracts on TON with prize funds between $200,000 and $400,000.