The WiFi Alliance used CeBIT to discuss its forthcoming 802.11n standard, offering wireless connection speeds "up to and above 100Mbps".

802.11n will appear next autumn. "We estimate that the IEEE task-group for 802.11n will complete its work in the third quarter of 2005," a Wi-Fi Alliance spokesman said.

The group expects to see the first 802.11n products appear on sale in that quarter, and promised that the Alliance would have a certification process ready in time to test these products.

The Alliance also announced its launch of a new Web portal program on March 29th to promote public awareness and use of Wi-Fi ZONE hot spots around the world. Partners that join this free program will be able to offer online visitors access to the official directory of public hotspot locations that use certified equipment.