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IEEE publishes Wi-Fi 802.22 standard

The IEEE Standards Association, which makes the rules when it comes to computers and telecomms systems, has published final standards for 802.22 Wi-Fi.

The new standard, which will mainly be used in the empty spaces between TV frequencies, has a range of up to 100km and could put an end to crappy broadband in rural areas which are too far away from telephone exchanges for traditional copper-based lines to be effective or optical cables to be financially viable.

The new standard for Wireless Regional Area Networks (WRANs) uses VHF and UHF bands to deliver up to 22Mbps (megabits per second) without interfering with existing TV signals and uses a load of clever stuff like dynamic spectrum access, incumbent database access, accurate geolocation techniques, spectrum sensing, regulatory domain dependent policies, spectrum etiquette, and coexistence to make sure no-one misses Eastenders.

You can find more details on the IEEE 802.22 working group page.