WiMax Gestoppt!

2:45 PM -- Hey there, Broadbanders!

A Swiss court has ordered Swisscom Mobile AG to stop its WiMax trial in the Bernese Oberland region, reports several Swiss IT online publications. The reason for the harsh measure is because an interest group called Gigaherz convinced the court of its concerns about "electrosmog" in this WiMax network.

Swisscom launched the trial in May with the intention of using WiMax technology to bring broadband to rural areas. (See Swisscom Trials WiMax and Swisscom Pilots WiMax.)

The Swiss operator paid CHF 6.1 million ($5.1 million) for its 3.5 GHz license in late 2005. There are two other 3.5 GHz license holders: Inquam Broadband GmbH , which is majority owned by NextWave Wireless Inc. (Nasdaq: WAVE), and cable operator UPC Cablecom . (See Inquam lands Another Euro WiMax License.)

Anyhoo, here's the best of the rest...

Mesh shakeout
Marketing VP Nan Chen's exit from Strix Systems Inc. signals a mesh shakeout. (See Chen Gone From Strix.)

On a role
Alvarion Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALVR) bags a mobile WiMax deal with AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and a partnership with Hitachi Ltd. (NYSE: HIT; Paris: PHA). (See AT&T Deploys AL WiMax and Hitachi Teams With Alvarion.)

WiFi by the bay?
SF Muni Project on the Ropes.

Bye for now!

— The Staff, Unstrung

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