China appeals ISO decision to reject WAPI

31 May 2006

The China Broadband Wireless IP Standard Group has accused the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) of waging a conspiracy that led to the International Standards Organisation (ISO) rejecting its wireless encryption standard known as WAPI, in favour of the widely used 802.11i. China has asked the ISO to nullify its decision on the basis that the engineering group’s ‘unethical activities’ including insulting China and using intimidation and threats. It claims the IEEE unfairly violated ISO rules and misled national agencies, causing them to reject the Chinese standard. The ISO has said it will investigate the case. The Chinese government has already made it clear that it ‘firmly supports’ the Chinese standard, and that the ISO decision will not affect the standard’s use in the domestic market.