KDDI's WiMax Picks

1:47 PM -- As expected, Fujitsu Ltd. (Tokyo: 6702; London: FUJ; OTC: FJTSY) announced that it has been selected by the KDDI Corp. -led WiMax consortium in Japan for its nationwide $1.3 billion mobile WiMax network. Unstrung reported in January that Fujitsu and Samsung Corp. were the front-runners in this RFP. (See Fujitsu Wins WiMax Deal, KDDI Nears WiMax Vendor Picks, Japan's Dark Horse, and KDDI Forms Mobile WiMax JV.)

This Asian news site reports that Samsung was also selected by the Japanese consortium.

The consortium -- which was known as Wireless Broadband Planning, but is now apparently called UQ Communications -- comprises KDDI, Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC), East Japan Railway Company, Kyocera Corp. (NYSE: KYO), Daiwa Securities Group Inc., and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd.

For Fujitsu, UQ Communications is the first customer of its recently unveiled WiMax gear, which was co-developed with Airspan Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: AIRN) (See Fujitsu Teams Up to Tackle Mobile WiMax .)

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

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