The IEEE (Eye-triple-E) is a non-profit, technical professional association of more than 377,000 individual members in 150 countries. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics, among others. Through its technical publishing, conferences and consensus-based standards activities, the IEEE has nearly 900 active standards with 700 under development.
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is a large open international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet. The technical work of the IETF is done in its working groups, which are organized by topic into several areas (e.g., routing, transport, security, etc.)
Founded in 1988, the Wireless Communications Association International (WCA) is the principal non-profit trade association representing the wireless broadband industry. WCA membership, which includes the industry’s leading carriers, vendors and consultants, has grown to over 450 member companies spanning six continents. The WCA’s mission is to advance the interests of the industry’s operators, equipment providers, and professional services firms.
The Wi-Fi Alliance is a nonprofit international association formed in 1999 to certify interoperability of wireless Local Area Network products based on IEEE 802.11 specification. Currently the Wi-Fi Alliance has 182 member companies from around the world, and 698 products have received Wi-Fi certification since certification began in March of 2000. The goal of the Wi-Fi Alliance’s members is to enhance the user experience through product interoperability.
The WiMAX Forum is an industry-led, non-profit corporation formed to help promote and certify the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products using the IEEE 802.16 and ETSI HiperMAN wireless MAN specifications. The forum’s goal is to accelerate the introduction of these devices into the marketplace. WiMAX-CertifiedT products will be fully interoperable and support Metropolitan Broadband Fixed and Portable Applications.
For more information about the WiMAX Forum and its activities, Please visit: www.WiMAXForum.org.