The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) has formally approved the 802.16 global standard, which will set the stage for an economical high-speed 'last mile' connection to public networks.
The approval of the air interface standard for fixed broadband wireless systems provides a communications path between a subscriber site and a core network. It will give the go ahead for the widespread deployment of 10GHz to 66GHz wireless metropolitan area networks (Mans).
Roger Marks, chairman of the 802.16 Working Group on Broadband Wireless Access, said: "The new WirelessMAN standard is a groundbreaking development that changes the landscape for providers and customers of high-speed networks."
According to Marks, the standard makes highly efficient use of bandwidth and supports voice, video and data applications with the quality that customers demand.
IEEE 802.16 standards are concerned with the air interface between a subscriber's transceiver station and a base transceiver station. Extensions to the 2GHz to 11GHz bands are expected to be completed next summer, according to the IEEE.
The standard, which includes a medium access control layer that supports multiple physical layer specifications, enables interoperability between devices from multiple manufacturers.
In addition, the Institute said that the standard creates a platform on which to build a broadband wireless industry using high-rate systems that install rapidly without extensive metropolitan cable infrastructures.
The working group, an open consensus process that involves hundreds of engineers from around the world, was set up in 1999 to develop broadband wireless standards.
The companion IEEE Standard 806.16.2, published in September, provides guidelines for system deployment and planning information for operators interested in deploying IEEE 802.16 systems.
The Institute said that the 802.16 standard is the first broadband wireless access standard from an accredited standards body, and will be published by January 2002.
The approved draft can be found here.
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