By Rich Nesin, General Manager and Resident Philosopher, HomePNA
Well the IEEE P1901 Working Group certainly got its act together. Last week they approved the first IEEE P1901 Draft Standard with more than an 82% majority -- which represents some great consensus building.
This doesn’t mean that all the work is done but it certainly is a big step in the right direction. According to Wikipedia, some P1901 watchers attribute this to inclusion of the ITU G.hn MAC as one of the supported MACs (yes, one of them -- P1901 still carries a lot of baggage) but it’s not clear to me whether that’s a done deal or not. I heard there is still some work to be done on the MACs and of course the draft standard has to go through the IEEE’s letter ballot/comment period/resolution process to resolve any open issues. Comments are resolved at P1901 meetings and the next opportunity will be the Boston meeting at the end of October).
Standardization is good for the industry. That’s why HomePNA decided to standardize its technology under the ITU years ago. It levels the playing field and insures that the technology is available to everyone. The market will decide the winners.