Japan’s NTT DoCoMo just applied for license to
launch a Mobile
WiMax (802.16e) network for testing. The tests will be conducted over the next year in the Yoyogi area of Tokyo and
among other things, check for continuous connectivity handoffs between WiMax and other systems such as their new HSDPA network
launching later this year. After seeing WiMax frequency allocation blocked in Europe last year due to heavy UMTS
investment by some of its
protectionists manufacturers, it does our cold, jaded hearts good to see
this level of cooperation in well-mannered Japan.