Good news, Sony fans. Sony has just begun using select groups to test the PlayStation Network. Certain individuals among Europe, Japan and the US will soon gain access to the PlayStation Network in order to test it for mainstream revitalization. The following was posted on the official PlayStationNL Twitter Account and has been translated below for your English speaking convenience.
@ snickel86 Currently, a select group to test the network. Territories = Japan (Asia), Europe & America
Hopefully, this means that the PlayStation Network will be up by the end of the month as originally stated, although Sony has since denied that claim. Stay tuned for more information about the ongoing PlayStation Network situation.