The OFDM Forum, an association formed to promote a single standard for high-speed wireless communications, has decided to base the new European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) ‘Hiperman’ standard on OFDM technology.
The Hiperman standard is intended to provide an interoperable air interface for fixed wireless access systems in the 2 – 11 GHz bands in Europe and other parts of the world that follow ETSI standards.
The Hiperman working group will use the OFDM sections of the emerging IEEE 802.16a standard as the baseline Physical Layer (PHY) specification for the ETSI Hiperman standard.
This decision came after lengthy discussions over the technical merits of OFDM versus single carrier technology as the basic transmission scheme. The selection of OFDM technology obtained overwhelming support from the Hiperman working group.
‘We are pleased with the support that OFDM is getting with the global standards bodies,’ says Nico van Waes of Nokia Wireless Routers and Chair of the fixed wireless access working group of the OFDM Forum.
‘The decision to use the IEEE 802.16a OFDM PHY as the basis for the ETSI Hiperman PHY specifications is one more step towards reaching the OFDM Forum’s goal of a single global interoperable OFDM-based standard for high-speed wireless communications.’