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Manufacturers Delay 5Ghz Wireless
By: MarkJ - 19 January, 2004 (9:51 AM)

The key manufacturers of broadband wireless hardware have opted to delay the launch of technology based off the new 5Ghz (802.11h) spectrum until the EU endorses it:

The 802.11h Wi-Fi standard, tipped to be the European successor to 802.11a, will only be adopted if more countries come on board, according to analysts.

"Manufacturers will only start producing products if there's a demand for them," said Richard Dineen, research director at Ovum. "It doesn't make a difference if a single country opens up a radio band, it needs to be adopted on a greater scale."

Both 802.11a and h have throughputs of 54Mbps and run in the 5GHz band. They are considered 'cleaner' than 802.11b, which operates in the unlicensed 2.4GHz radio spectrum used by other consumer wireless products such as baby talkers and wireless doorbells.
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