China files ISO appeal over Intel’s wi-fi standards win

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China files ISO appeal over Intel's wi-fi standards win

China has filed an appeal with the International Standards Organization (ISO) over Intel’s recent Wi-Fi specification win. ISO recently voted in favor of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11n wireless specification over China’s Wireless Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure (WAPI). China claims that IEEE and Intel, the main company that backed 802.11n, unfairly railroaded the specification through the approval process.

802.11n convincingly won its draft vote back in March, but failed to gain the necessary 75% vote in May. While 802.11n uses well-known encryption protocols like WPA/TKIP, some security experts have voiced concerns over WAPI’s proprietary encryption algorithms.

ISO has agreed to investigate the matter.


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