China's WAPI will not go down without a fight

IDG News Service |  Mobile & Wireless

Chinese backers of the rejected WAPI (WLAN Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure) wireless security protocol have accused rivals of unethical behavior in a last-ditch attempt to revive their standardization hopes.

The semiofficial China Broadband Wireless IP Standards Working Group (BWIPS) singled out the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE), accusing the group of acting improperly during the international standardization process. "IEEE has committed unethical and unjust activities trying to destroy WAPI by every means," it said.

Among the charges levelled at IEEE, its complaints about grammatical errors in the WAPI submission documents were evidence of "cultural chauvinism," BWIPS said.

The accusations over WAPI's treatment come as International Organization for Standardization (ISO) members prepare for a June meeting to confirm a March vote that overwhelmingly approved a rival submission, the IEEE's 802.11i standard.

During that vote, ISO members rejected WAPI as an international standard. The Chinese ISO delegation was outraged by the rejection. "China is strongly against the ethical and procedural violations and cannot accept the ballot results," BWIPS said.

"If these violations are not satisfactorily resolved, China reserve[s] the right to take additional actions to ensure that fairness, justice, procedural integrity and China

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