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Happy WiMax Valentine

5:30 PM -- Good to see that a bunch of other pubs have caught up with my Valentine's Day scoopette on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) working on a faster version of the technology behind WiMax, dubbed 802.16m.

It could get nasty though.

The 802.16 activity seems to have stirred up the 802.20 group, which is working on a standard that is somewhat derived from technology used by Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM)'s Flarion in its Flash-OFDM gear. The 802.20 group seems irked up by the suggestion that the 802.16m working group is the only one working towards a specification that can meet the requirements of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 's advanced "4G" air interface.

Which is par for the course, especially given the infighting that's already gone on around the 802.20 group. Its all a bit previous though -- the ITU hasn't actually decided what its requirements for the air interface will be yet. That's not expected until 2008 anyway. — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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