Intel’s WiMax invades Sweden

After Intel and Google’s WiMax antics earlier this week it looks like Sweden is next in the chipamker’s sights. The Scandinavian country awarded four “mobile broadband licences” this week – and Intel is confirmed as one of the lucky winners.

According to AP, it paid around $26 million for its WiMax licence which will go for 15 years. Intel apparently plans to rent the licence to another network operator, according to AP.

While it’s good news for the WiMax lobby to see Intel putting its stake in the ground and ringfencing some spectrum for future WiMax networks, I can’t help but feel Intel should be shouting about its network operator partner as soon as it’s got the licence in its hand, rather than securing the licence and then hunting down someone to run the network at some point in the future.

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