The team of the Filecoin decentralized file hosting protocol announced that they were entering the final stage of development, and also announced the approximate dates for launching a test and working version of the network.
According to the announcement, September 26th will be releasedthe alpha version of the network, a test network will start functioning on December 11, and the launch of a full-fledged product is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020. Although the team adds that these are optimal time frames and they can be shifted.
Since Filecoin held one of the most successful ICOs in 2017, raising more than $ 500 million, about the project little was heard. However, this year the team opened the protocol implementation written in Go, launched the first public networks and integrated several versions of the code.
At the moment, they are finalizing the protocol design and cryptographic protection, as well as testing the system. Next month, a plan for further development should be published.
After entering the decentralized marketFilecoin file hosting will compete with Sia, Storj and Burstcoin. In addition, the Tron blockchain platform also plans to develop its own product based on BitTorrent.
Many complex blockchain protocols are starting to reach the finish lines. Bitcoin's Lightning Network specification recently passed a formal security review.