Frontline out of auction?

9 Jan 2008

Frontline Wireless, a start-up firm which had been expected to bid in the US government’s forthcoming 700MHz wireless spectrum auction, has reportedly pulled out of the sale. Frontline has been pushing to have 700MHz frequencies allocated for the deployment of a USD10 billion national emergency communications network which would also be shared with commercial users. A report from Associated Press suggests that its participation in the auction is now in doubt, with a Frontline spokesperson refusing to clarify whether the firm has paid its deposit to enter the auction and stating: ‘Frontline is closed for business at this time.’ The minimum price for the spectrum set aside for the emergency network is USD1.33 billion; the system is required to cover 75% of the population within four years and 99.3% within ten years.

United States