Gram used to be a misspelled unit of weight. Nowadays, it is associated with one of the most successful initial coin offerings (ICOs) in history and is poised to become one of the most significant decentralized projects of the modern age.
According to the report released by HASH Crypto Investment Bank (HASH CIB), the price of Gram may experience a tenfold growth while its market capitalization may surpass XRP and Ethereum (ETH), combined. The investment company based its estimations on the target value of a Gram token at $5.90 by the end of 2019. This price target is specified in the note to the project investors.
Сколько стоит Gram: будущую криптовалюту Дурова оценили почти в $30 млрд
HASH Crypto Investment Bank прогнозирует, что совокупная стоимость будущей криптовалюты Telegram к концу 2019 года может составить $29,5 млрд. https://t.co/xX6lPmcBHVhttps://t.co/umHp6tQsPh pic.twitter.com/9UYMZKodZT
— Telegram Info (@tginfoRU) February 6, 2019
Meanwhile, HASH CIB emphasizes that it used its proprietary estimation technique, which is based on a combination of the current and discounted added value for future periods. Thus, the resulting value cannot be considered as a target or fair value of the project.
Digging Deeper into the Numbers
According to TON’s Whitepaper, the total supply of Gram tokens issued during several ICO rounds will amount to five billion tokens with the ICO price set to increase progressively at each round. Investors will get 44 percent of the issuance, 4 percent will go to developers, while 52 oercent of tokens will be held in reserve.
According to the HASH CIB report, the project sold 2.89 billion Grams and raised $1.7 billion — so one token cost about $0.38 during the first round and $1.38 during the second round. Extrapolating the results to the total issuance, the experts calculated that the total capitalization of the project amounts to about $2.94 billion. The target price of $5.9 means a tenfold increase by the end of the year.
The Final Stage
Pavel Durov’s Blockchain-Platform Telegram Open Network (TON) is nearing completion. Telegram investors received a notification that the platform’s testnet launch is scheduled for the end of March.
Initially, the testnet was supposed to go live in autumn 2018 but the release date shifted to January. However, the developers apparently encountered some unforeseen difficulties that forced them to delay the launch once again.
Currently, Telegram is actively negotiating listing possibilities with large Asian cryptocurrency exchanges, including Huobi, Binance, and OKEx. Additionally, the project is considering partnership deals with various e-commerce and retail businesses.
What is TON?
TON is envisaged as a multi-blockchain Proof-of-Stake system built on smart contracts technology and designed to host a new generation of decentralized applications and digital assets. Based on the TON Blockchain, a scalable and flexible architecture, it will include a master chain and up to 292 accompanying blockchains that will provide multiple services from micropayments to data storage.
The developers claim they had to build the vast majority of protocols from scratch to create an innovative and decentralized data communication method.
According to Alexey Blagirev, the head of the R3 and Codra development project in CIS countries, TON has the potential to become a platform with its own Internet.
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