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WiMax Goes Official

5:30 PM -- Hey there, Broadbanders!

The big news in the world of mobile broadband this week is the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 's decision to make WiMax an official radio interface. On paper, this eases the way for WiMax to become a recognized fourth generation (4G) wireless technology. There are likely to be a number of vendors that oppose such moves, however.

You can read all about it in Unstrung Insider analyst Gabriel Brown's piece on our site. (See WiMax Gets ITU Standards Boost .) Now let's check out the best of the rest.

FON on the Autobahn
Spanish hotspot startup Fon is going beyond just providing cheap WiFi routers for user community hotspot networks. It now says it will provide free 802.11 infrastructure to European towns and cities that want to go wireless. The firm says on its blog that it has 5,000 free access points for municipalities that want to participate. The basic idea being that if the cities do the planning, FON will supply the gear and then existing users will be able to link into the network.

Sibling Rivalry
Even if Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) wants nothing to do with WiMax, it seems like its device joint venture – Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications – is a little more open to the new technology.

Sun King
Those wacky guys at Meraki Networks Inc. now have a solar-powered mesh access point.

Money, Money, Money
Wireless business ISP Towerstream Corp. (Nasdaq: TWER) wants more. (See TowerStream to Raise $40M.)

The Cable Guys
How big cable could really put municipal networks into a competitive chokehold.

Ta Ta, for now.

— The Staff, Unstrung

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