Two months ago in London, the IEEE 802.11 working group sent out a new 802.11n draft out for a vote.
The ballot closed on Friday. I’m sitting in the opening plenary for this week’s IEEE 802.11 meeting in Orlando, and the results of the ballot have just been reported. The short of it is that draft 2.0 did receive a 75% supermajority. Due to the interest in the draft, Stuart Kerry, the 802.11 working group chair, announced that the 2.0 draft would be made available for sale by the IEEE.
For the curious, here are the facts:
- 325 voters were eligible to participate in the ballot. 306 (94.2%) did. (There is a floor on the return ratio which must be met before a ballot result is followed.)
- 231 voters approved of the draft, which at 83.4% handily surpassed the 75% threshold required to move forward. From this point on, the 802.11n draft will go through what’s called a “recirculation” ballot. Subsequent drafts will go back to the same set of voters from January as long the approval rate stays above 75%.
- There were 46 votes (16.6%) not in favor of approving, and 28 abstensions (9.2%). Four votes were invalid and not counted.
- There is likely to be some minor change to the draft going forward. It received 3,163 comments (including duplicates). The task group leadership did some basic comment processing, and reported that there are 1,441 unique editorial comments and 1,635 unique technical comments.
It’s not quite correct to say that the draft has “passed,” since it’s not yet moving on to the next stage of the IEEE process (called a “sponsor ballot”). However, it’s clear from the results that the draft is technically solid. While there may be some minor changes to the existing text before ratification, it seems almost certain that the major features have taken shape, especially since draft 2 is going to be used as the basis for Wi-Fi certification efforts.