Ethereum's Constantinople Hard Fork to Activate on Testnet in October

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Ethereum’s upcoming hard fork, Constantinople, will activate in a testing environment next month, core developers agreed on Friday.

As detailed by CoinDesk, Constantinople features various backward-incompatible changes designed to increase efficiency on the ethereum network, alter its economic policy and delay the so-called “difficulty bomb.”

Speaking in a biweekly video call, developers said the upgrade will activate around October 9 on a cross-client testnet, named Ropsten, which mimics the conditions of the ethereum network itself. However, due to the unpredictability of block confirmation times in the testing environment, an exact block number – the way most upgrades are timed within the blockchain space – for the testnet activation has yet to be finalized.

Similarly, the timing for activating Constantinople on ethereum’s

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