Vivato Cheese Disses IEEE

Talking about the potential growth of the wireless LAN market in the next few years on a conference call today, Vivato chief Ken Biba revealed that he views the 802.11 specification as only the second successful standard to come out of the 802 working groups at the 119-year-old standards body, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) .

Following up on some discussion on cellular and networking standards on a Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)-backed conference call today, Biba, a 30-year veteran of the networking industry, claimed: "WiFi will be the second successful standard from the IEEE." He lauded Ethernet as the first successful networking offering from the working groups.

Biba mentioned token ring and token bus as networking standards that he considers unsuccessful -- despite the fact that token ring-based LANs are still in use today, nearly 20 years after IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) first introduced token ring product, and after hundreds of thousands of token ring nodes have been deployed around the world.

The IEEE has more than 380,000 members in approximately 150 countries.

Vivato has fewer than 100 employees in San Francisco and Spokane, Wash.

— Dan Jones, Senior Editor, Unstrung

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