Frontier

Ethereum was planned to be released in four major steps with Frontier being the name for the first phase. The Frontier release went live on July 30th, 2015. The command line Frontier phase was mainly meant to get mining operations going with the full reward of 5 ether per block and also to promote the emergence of ether exchanges. Frontier surpassed earlier modest expectations and has nurtured tremendous growth of the ecosystem.

Reference:

http://ethdocs.org/en/latest/glossary.html

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