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Wireless Communication Technologies Group (WCTG)
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, Maryland

The mission of the Wireless Communications Technologies Group (WCTG) is

  1. to meet the needs of the US wireless communications industry for testing and measurements,
  2. to contribute to the development of industry-consensus national and international standards for wireless communications, and
  3. to conduct basic and applied research in wireless communications in support of testing, measurements, and standards.

The new WCTG began its operation with only one employee on September 15, 1997. During Fiscal Year 1998 (FY98), that is from October 1, 1997 to September 30, 1998, four other employees were hired into the group from academia and industry. These individuals began their work at NIST in the months of July and August 1998. In addition, four guest researchers from Europe joined the group on one-year appointments to help WCTG with its planned technical work. One other important task for the group during its first year of operation was to figure out which areas in wireless communications it should get involved with and what would differentiate the group's work from that done in industry, academia, or other federal government agencies. This was an essential step given that the group size was small and other resources available were limited.

In its second year of operation, WCTG established contacts and collaborations with several government agencies. It also began participation in and involvement with national and international standardization bodies and industry fora. Our projects began in earnest, and there was a lot to be done.

We are now in our ninth year of operation and our projects have produced a number of products, ranging from software prototypes of wireless communication systems, contributions to wireless standards, unbiased evaluations of wireless systems/testbeds/technologies, and publications in scholarly journals and international standards.

We invite you to regularly visit this web site to get the latest on the exciting work underway in NIST WCTG. If you have any comments about this web site or our technical work, please direct them to

Organizational Affiliations

The Wireless Communications Technologies Group (WCTG) is a group in the Advanced Network Technologies Division (ANTD), which is one of several divisions in the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL). ITL in turn is one of several Measurement and Standards Laboratories in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Finally, NIST is an agency of the US Department of Commerce.