The new IEEE 802.11 High Efficiency WLAN (HEW) Study Group aims to improve indoor and outdoor WiFi in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands when surrounded by interfering sources. A major driver behind 802.11HEW is “carrier offload”, reports Fierce Wireless.
Bruce Kraemer, senior manager for chipmaker Marvell also serves as a member of IEEE’s board of governors, explains the proposed standard officially advanced to the study group (SG) stage at IEEE this past July.
According to Kraemer, a stadium use case would be people using their smartphones for digital video feeds. Such feeds could enable viewers to use their phones to zoom in on a particular player or performer, but serving thousands of end users in one location may require a solution such as High Efficiency WLAN.
The Study Group is chartered to write a project authorization request (PAR) and provide market justification for the HEW project. That’s a precursor to formation of a task group (TG), which will write the standard. The Study Group’s mission to get approval from IEEE to form the TG, which could start its work in June or July of 2014.
French telco Orange was a key driver behind the creation of 802.11 HEW, according to Fierce Wireless, by pushing to make 802.11 technology the best complementary pairing with LTE. Many other companies, such as Huawei, Broadcom, Qualcomm. China Mobile and NTT DoCoMo, quickly hopped on the bandwagon.