Posted by: Olga Kharif on August 15, 2006
Ratification of the long-expected 802.11n Wi-Fi standard has just been pushed back from 2007 to 2008. Is this a big deal?
I would argue it is. The 802.11n technology will allow for ultra-fast wireless video transmission. Essentially, it’s a way for Wi-Fi to compete with emerging wireless broadband technologies like WiMax, which will be rolled out nationwide by companies like Sprint Nextel in the next few years. When technologies like WiMax are rolled out, current versions of Wi-Fi will seem like dial-up to their DSL. And that’s unlikely to endear the technology to businesses or consumers.
By the time 802.11n arrives in 2008, it might be too little too late. By then, it might be displaced by other technologies, like WiMax. Do you agree?