Ethereum’s (ETH) core developers have agreed to activate the long-awaited Constantinople Hard Fork at block 7,080,000, as decided at yesterday’s Developer Meetings.

After months of developing Constantinople, the Ethereum core development team decided to upgrade the blockchain to the network’s Ropsten network. At that time, the developers believed that if the test was successful, Constantinople would be activated in Mainnet by the end of October.

However, there were difficulties in activating the upgrade on the Ropsten test network. Finally, Afri Schoedon, a developer at Parity, posted a message on Twitter to give the crypto community a concise update on the situation, simply stating that a consensus problem had unfortunately arisen. This problem now seems to have been eliminated.

In a recent Core Developer Meeting, members of Ethereum’s open source development team seem to have agreed to activate the upgrade to Constantinople. The upgrade is now scheduled for block # 7,080,000 and will take place between January 14 and January 18, 2019. At the Core Developers’ Meeting yesterday, developers talked about a number of things related to the Constantinople upgrade.

The upgrade will implement a number of features for developers, with the biggest change being the reduction of the block rewrite from 3 ETH per block to 2 ETH per block. In return, the upgrade also aims to delay the Difficuly Bomb, a network-level algorithm that exponentially increases the difficulty of creating a new block, and in preparation for the Ethereum Network’s transition to a proof of stake ( PoS).

PoS Beacon Chain Test Network is scheduled for March 2019

The core developer meeting also suggested 10-fold scalability before sharding went live. The developers also talked about Ethereum 1x, another upgrade to be released in 2019. Several groups reported progress, but stressed that development was still at an early stage.

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