updated 11:35 am EDT, Wed July 27, 2011
'Super Wi-Fi' delivers longer range, faster data
The IEEE announced today that it had finalized the 802.22TM white space wireless standards for Wireless Regional Area Networks (WRAN). White space wireless, sometimes called "super Wi-Fi" because of its long range capability and faster throughput, broadcasts data on unused, unlicensed frequencies that were designated for VHF and UHF television broadcast. The new standard will be capable of providing broadband wireless access over a large area, with a range of more than 60 miles from the transmitter. White space wireless can deliver up to 22 Mbps per channel.
The white space standard was sought by Microsoft and other companies to make broadband access available in areas where extending wired internet service is impractical. Consumers will also benefit from extended range wireless hubs. A test network was established at Rice University in Houston in April.