802.11n: The Global Wireless LAN Standard

  • Richard van Nee
Part of the Signals and Communication Technology book series (SCT)


Two of the key factors playing a role in the globalization of wireless technologies are international standardization and global availability of spectrum. Both of these factors lined up almost ideally for WiFi wireless LAN technology. Worldwide license-free spectrum became available in the late eighties in the ISM bands, ­specifically the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. International standardization took place in the IEEE 802.11 body, releasing the first global wireless LAN standard in 1997. The first IEEE 802.11 standard defined data rates up to 2 Mbps, which was as much as proprietary wireless LAN solutions had been capable of since 1990. In order to keep up with wired Ethernet speeds, new 802.11 groups started standardizing higher data rates.


Medium Access Control Outage Probability High Data Rate LDPC Code Space Time Block Code 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.QualcommWaalreThe Netherlands

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