A tentative date for the Metropolis update Byzantium has been revealed by the developers team.
As reported by ethnews.com, on September 22nd, during an Ethereum Core Developers Meeting, Ethereum core developers Hudson Jameson, Péter Szilágyi, Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin, and others revealed that Byzantium upgrades will be implemented around October 17th. The hard fork for Byzantium is scheduled to launch on block 4,370,000.
Thus, the initial stages of the Byzantium hard fork were tested on the Ethereum Ropsten test network as of block number 1,700,000 on September 17th. Then, the developers doubled the rewards for certain bug bounties related to the release.
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