IEEE 802.16 Session #109 Report

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IEEE 802.16's Session #109 took place on 31 May 2017 at the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto, CA, USA. The session was scheduled to run for two days but was adjourned on the first day upon the completion of business. The attendance list is posted.

Maintenance Task Group

The Maintenance TG resolved comments from WG Letter Ballot #41, reviewing the first draft (P802.16Rev4/D1) of the P802.16Rev4 revision project. WG Letter Ballot Recirculation #41a was planned on Draft 2 (26 June - 6 July). An Extension Request was agreed, requesting to allow a fourth amendment to IEEE Std 802.16-2012 prior to the next revision. This request was later supported by the IEEE 802 Executive Committee (6 June) and by the IEEE-SA RevCom (14 June) and finally approved by the IEEE-SA Standards Board (15 June). A request is anticipated to the IEEE 802 Executive Committee for conditional approval, on 14 July, to forward the draft for IEEE-SA Sponsor Ballot.

GRIDMAN Task Group

The P802.16s project project addresses fixed and mobile wireless access in channel bandwidth up to 1.25 MHz. The GRIDMAN Task Group (TG) met to resolve comments submitted during Sponsor Ballot regarding draft P802.16s/D2 of the amendment project. Following comment resolution, P802.16s/D3 was prepared for Sponsor Ballot recirculation, which ran from 16-26 June. Sponsor Ballot concluded with 100% approval (50/0) and no comments to resolve. A request is anticipated to the IEEE 802 Executive Committee for approval, on 14 July, to forward the draft to IEEE-SA RevCom, which could consider the request at its next meeting, on 7 September.

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See the draft Working Group Session #109 Minutes.

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This report (27 June 2017 release, 11 July 2017 correction) is by:

Roger Marks (, EthAirNet Associates
Chair, IEEE 802.16 Working Group on Broadband Wireless Access Standards

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