Be prepared to be bombarded by even more unseen signals in the near future – it seems that the IEEE body has just announced a spanking new 802.22 Wi-Fi standard which will leave your 802.11n standard so far behind, you won’t realize you miss it at all. Why do we say so? Well, 802.22 Wi-Fi connectivity is capable of offering 12,000 square miles of coverage – and this using just a solitary base station.

To put it in a nutshell, 802.22 was designed to run on a totally new spectrum which was made available when analog TVs were outlawed some years back in the US. For those who prefer more solid scientific figures, the 802.22 spectrum will work in ranges from 54MHz to 698MHz, where such frequencies are the perfect vehicle for long distance transmissions.

Imagine sending out 22 Mbps of data within a 62 mile radius from a sole base station – that would certainly bring Wi-Fi connectivity to even the most rural areas around the country. The only thing we need to do would be to wait for companies and hardware manufacturers to churn out devices that rely on 802.22 technology. [Press Release]

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