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Broadband News Spews

4:55 PM -- Hey there, Broadbanders!

There's lots going on in the wireless broadband biosphere this week. Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) says it will likely bid on the 700MHz auctions in the U.S. Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is nailing down Euro deals for the iPhone but still no whiff of 3G. Meanwhile, Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) took the wraps off its XOHM mobile WiMax service. (See Sprint's Ready to XOHM Out and Report: Apple Picks Euro iPhone Partners.)

Here are some of the rest of the week's highlights:

HSPA vs WiMax
Dutch operator KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) is pitting high-speed packet access (HSPA) against WiMax in a test of coverage and quality. After putting the technologies through their paces, KPN will choose the winner at the end of this year and deploy it to bring broadband to those few people in the Netherlands who don't already have it (about a few hundred thousand). (See KPN Tests WiMax.)

The operator has equipped four masts in the province of Drenthe with HSPA equipment from Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC), which supplies KPN's mobile network, and WiMax equipment from Samsung Corp. KPN will roll out its wireless broadband network next year.

May the best technology win.

Branding blogs boggled
Sprint's XOHM service is confusing blogs that focus on brand names (yes, there is apparently a blog for every interest group ever).

More on Meraki
And how it might fix the San Fran mesh mess.

Coming up WiBroses
The state of play for WiBro services in South Korea.

Later,

— The Staff, Unstrung

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