Standards body the IEEE has approved the publication of the 802.11-2012 wireless networking standard, which will bring improved speeds and greater reliability.
The group said that the publication will bring the fourth major revision of the Wi-Fi networking format in its 15 year history and the first since the publication of the 802.11n format.
Engineers believe that the standard will also offer improved security for wireless networks and better handling of interference and signal-hand-off with wireless mobile broadband networks.
Additionally, the standard will incorporate amendments to the platform which have been passed since the release of 802.11n.
"The new IEEE 802.11 release is the product of an evolutionary process that has played out over five years and drawn on the expertise and efforts of hundreds of participants worldwide," said IEEE 802.11 working group chair Bruce Kraemer.
"More than 300 voters from a sweeping cross-section of global industry contributed to the new standard, which has roughly doubled in size since its last published revision."
While the use and availability of wireless broadband networks has expanded dramatically since the publication of 802.11n, the Wi-Fi platform has remained an extremely popular method for connecting both PCs and mobile devices to the web.
A recent report found that users of popular handsets such as the Apple iPhone rely heavily on Wi-Fi connectivity for their data transfers.
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