China implements new Wi-Fi security standard

    Date10 Dec 2003
    CategoryGovernment
    3167
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Chinese government agencies are prohibiting the import, manufacture and sale of Wi-Fi gear that does not use China's new security specification, which is incompatible with standards technology industry groups developed.. . . Chinese government agencies are prohibiting the import, manufacture and sale of Wi-Fi gear that does not use China's new security specification, which is incompatible with standards technology industry groups developed.

    The Dec. 1 deadline for all Wi-Fi gear makers to start using the Wired Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure (WAPI) specification was set by the Standardization Administration of China, which manages standards in various industries in China. Support for WAPI is not included in current or upcoming security specifications, such as Wi-Fi Protected Access or 802.11i, developed and enforced by industry groups the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Wi-Fi Alliance. WAPI is to be used with Wi-Fi standards in the 2.4GHz radio band, according to a notice from the Standardization Administration of China.

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