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> Grand Rapids, MI, has posted an RFP for city-wide WiFi network. Article

> Citing cancer risks from electromagnetic forces, the president of Thunder Bay's Lakehead University in British Columbia, Canada, has banned WiFi networks on campus. Article

> Hewlett-Packard has unveiled its iPAQ hw6900, which the company says is the industry's first to combine cellular, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS in one device. The device is also the company's first PDA phone to use the latest PocketPC OS, called Windows Mobile 5. Article

> Texas Instruments is showing its CE WLAN developer kit (CE WLAN DK) 1.0 for stationary devices such as IP set top boxes, digital media adapters and personal video recorders. Article

> VIA Rail Canada has launched WiFi service on board its trains. All travelers between Montreal and Québec City and in many VIA 1 class cars between Montreal and Toronto will have access to the service. Report

> The few WiFi VoIP phones that have been released to date have been a disappointment in three areas: sound quality, features and battery life. Two new WiFi VoIP phones from Linksys are definite improvements in all three areas. Review

> Thomson has signed an agreement with WiNetworks to deliver its triple-play (video, voice and high-speed Internet) mobile services using WiNetworks' WiMAX technology. Article

>  The government of Vietnam gave approval for three service providers to start a WiMAX pilot project. Report

> Atheros Communications has reached a milestone: As of January 2006, it had shipped more than 50 million wireless chip sets. Report

> The WLAN chip set market is on an impressive growth projected to continue over the next few years. In-Stat reports that the market will soar from 140 million annual chip set unit shipments in 2005 to 430 million in 2009. In 2005, growth was driven primarily by mobile PCs, home/SOHO wireless routers and residential gateways, and external clients. Report

> 5G Wireless has finished deploying a city-wide wireless broadband network in the Nigerian capital of Lagos. Report

And Finally... Some things never change. When do you begin to question the use of "former" before Soviet Union? When getting WiMAX permits takes half a year of meetings with government officials and telecommunications overseers. Report

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