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Wireless Standards Confusion

Posted: 27th May, 2005 By: MarkJ
WiMAX, 802.11n, UWB, Bluetooth.. those are just a handful of well known terms used to define some of the many wireless networking standards, which the Ultrawideband (UWB) Forum believes is simply too confusing:

Speaking as part of a panel of industry experts at the Wireless Connectivity World (WiCon) conference in London this week, Mike McCamon, executive director of the UWB Forum, said that the current state of the wireless world is analogous to the wired world in the 1990s — where competition between wired networking technologies such as Token Ring and Ethernet left users confused and uncertain.

"It's 1990 in the wireless space at the moment. It is really a complete and utter mess but hopefully we can move towards having one complete standard and get past all this politics," said McCamon.

The companies currently championing various wireless technologies need to cooperate to ensure that users get the most seamless connectivity experience possible, he said.


It's not hard to agree with that, although the sheer complexity of differences does make a single unified standard unlikely anytime soon. More @ ZDNet.
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