Worldmax, backed by Intel and Greefield Capital, yesterday launched a commercial mobile WiMAX network in Amsterdam, a first for Europe, and offering users the opportunity to surf the web at high speeds while on the move. The International Herald Tribune quotes Worldmax as saying the new network is aimed at competing with domestic telecoms operators KPN Telecom, Vodafone and T-Mobile. At launch the network is available only in the city centre, but the operator plans to expand coverage nationwide in the coming years. It will need around 3,000 sites and ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ to achieve this goal says chief executive Jeanine van der Vlist. Worldmax did not reveal its subscriber or financial targets, but said it was looking to become a key player in the local market. It plans to charge EUR20 (USD31) a month for an unlimited wireless broadband connection.