Chinese Wapi developers warning to Intel

12 Mar 2004

Chinese officials for the state-backed group developing an alternative standard for wireless networks, dubbed Wapi, have brushed aside a decision by Intel to snub its technology, saying that the chip maker is making a serious strategic error by ignoring the standard. Beijing says that the controversial Wapi protocol eliminates security problems associated with the more popular Wi-Fi standard and has insisted that manufacturers adopt Wapi by 1 June this year. However, Intel baulked that the technology was below par and refused to comply, leading Chinese officials for the standard to retort that the state would have little option but to ban Intel’s Centrino-based system.