After two months of balloting, the IEEE 802.11 working group closed the voting on Friday. The draft 2.0 received more than the required 75 percent majority, and can now be moved forward through what the IEEE calls a "recirculation" ballot. Subsequent drafts will have to garner at least 75 percent to advance through the ratification process. Stuart Kerry, the chairman of the 802.11 working group chair, said that the draft 2.0 would be available for sale by the IEEE.
Of the 325 eligible voters, 306 actually participated in the ballot, and of those, 231--or slightly more than 83 percent--approved of the draft. Going forward, the draft may be tweaked, especially in light of the fact that it has received 3,163 comments, of which 1,441 are unique editorial comments and 1,635 are unique technical comments.
These results indicate that a large majority now believes that the draft is technically sound. As such, we should expect draft 2.0, with but minor changes, to be the basis of the ratified standard.
For more on Draft 2.0 802.11n:
- see Marguerite Reardon's BroadbandLog comment