IEEE Updates 802.11 Spec With Improved Cellular Hand-Off
The Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers today announced a revision to the base 802.11 specification. The IEEE is referring to the new spec as IEEE 802.11 - 2012, and it includes a wide range of enhancements for the wireless networking technology. The base improvements include support for more devices and networks that are faster, while maintaining high levels of security and quality. The new spec includes improved cellular network hand-off, direct-link setup, fast roam, radio resource measurement, support for the 3650-3700MHz band, mesh networking, broadcast/multicast and unicast data delivery, interworking with external networks and network management. Features such as improved cellular hand-off will be particularly useful to users of mobile devices who are roaming between cellular and Wi-Fi networks. Detailed information about the new Wi-Fi standard can be downloaded from the IEEE's web site.
Google's Project Fi Wireless Service Offers Refunds for Unused Data
Google today announced Project Fi, which relies on a combination of cellular and WiFi networks to keep users connected wherever they roam. Google partnered with Sprint and T-Mobile to provide the cellular component.
Bluetooth's IoT Ambitions Boosted By Mesh Networking
The Bluetooth SIG today added support for mesh networking to its core Bluetooth specification. The move targets the internet-of-things, smart homes, and business applications where simple connections between many devices are needed.
Qi Wireless Charging Standard Improved with Faster Charging
The Wireless Power Consortium today updated the specification behind its Qi wireless charging standard. The latest Qi spec makes a major leap forward in terms of the power it can deliver to devices wirelessly.
3GPP Ratifies Initial Specification for 5G
The 3GPP today ratified the first 5G specification, officially termed Non-Standalone 5G New Radio, or NSA 5G NR. The ratification took place at the 3GPP's RAN#78 meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, and capped off months of conferences to push the spec through before year's end.
Bluetooth SIG Targeting Increased Range and Speed for 2016
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group said it plans to update the short-range wireless standard moving into the year 2016 with new capabilities. The tentpole features include improved speeds, extended range, and broader support for mesh networks.