SHANGHAI China's wireless LAN standard may not have caught on globally, but it is inching forward in the domestic market. Earlier this week, PC maker Lenovo unveiled a series of laptops that support the standard and will be promoted at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Lenovo's Zhaoyang K series target business users. They support China's WLAN Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure (WAPI), which will be used during the Olympics. China believes WAPI offers improved network security when compared to older versions of Wi-Fi. But it is not necessarily an improvement when compared to 802.11i.
In a recent meeting of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC6 in Xian, WAPI was once again denied consideration as a global standard. But because the Chinese government has mandated its use in government agencies, it is gaining limited traction.