French WiMax & Japanese Speed

12:45 PM -- Hey there, Broadbanders! It's been a big week in the wild world of wireless broadband.

In France, mobile WiMax is getting off the ground as SFR and Neuf Cegetel Group (Euronext: NEUF) plan a 100-site pilot later this year. Through their joint venture, Société Haut Débit (SHD), the operators plan to offer broadband services in the 3.4GHz to 3.6GHz range to areas with poor fixed-broadband coverage. Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) is building the network. (See French JV Pushes on With WiMax.)

There is a Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) connection in this French mobile WiMax pilot: Vodafone owns 43.9 percent of SFR, which owns a 66 percent majority of SHD. (See Vodafone's WiMax Creep.)

In Japan, NTT DoCoMo Inc. (NYSE: DCM) has again taken the cellular speed lead as it unveiled 4G lab trials for long-term evolution (LTE). The Japanese operator says it is aiming for 300-Mbit/s downlink speeds. (See DoCoMo Tests 'Super 3G'.)

And here's the best of the rest:

AT&T Moves on femtos
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) joins the growing list of operators circulating requests for proposals (RFPs) for femtocells. (See Is AT&T Putting Out Femto Feelers?)

WiFi lands on the RIM
See RIM Goes WiFi and RIM Intros BlackBerry 8820.

Truphone's Moo-Phone
And here's a mobile VOIP story that just might make you smile like a muppet -- either the song or the legal win against T-Mobile. (See Truphone Wins Injunction Against T-Mobile.)

Bye for now!

— The Staff, Unstrung

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