IEEE 802.16 Session #35 Report

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Session #35 of the IEEE 802.16 Working Group on Broadband Wireless Access took place on 24-27 January 2005 in Sanya, Hainan, China. The session was hosted by Lucy Chen and Katherine Woo of corporate host Huawei Technologies Co. The attendance of 313 set a record for an interim session of the IEEE 802.16 Working Group.

Comment Resolution on Mobile WirelessMAN® (P802.16e) Draft
Task Group e resolved comments in preparation for the development of IEEE P802.16e Draft 6. Following the meeting of an editorial committee on 8-10 February, the package will be distributed for IEEE-SA Sponsor Ballot recirculation. The schedule for the project, which will enhance the WirelessMAN® air interface to support mobile as well as fixed users, was revised, and completion is now expected before mid-year of 2005. Task Group e issued a closing report and minutes.

Network Management Task Group Activities
The IEEE 802.16 Network Management (NetMan) Task Group made progress on its two projects. Comments on the second P802.16f draft (the Management Information Base [MIB] for fixed operation), received in Working Group Recirculation Ballot #16a, were resolved, and the Working Group agreed to seek approval to forward Draft 3 for Sponsor Ballot. Regarding the P802.16g Baseline Document, comment resolution will lead to a new version P802.16g-04/03r1 that will be subjected to a further Call for Comments. The NetMan Task Group issued a closing report and minutes.

Maintenance Task Group Activities
The Working Group's Maintenance Task Group continued addressing comments relevant to developing its draft of a Corrigendum to IEEE Standard 802.16-2004. The Working Group agreed to create a draft based on Task Group decisions and to open Working Group Letter Ballot #17 regarding that draft. The Maintenance Task Group issued a closing report and minutes.

Conformance Task Group Activities
The Conformance Task Group, addressing the P802.16/Conformance04 project on PICS Proforma for frequencies below 11 GHz, did not receive additional contributions or comments. A closing report and minutes were issued. A new Call for Comments will follow.

New IEEE 802.16 Licensed-Exempt Task Group
The Working Group's Licensed-Exempt Task Group held its first meeting following the approval of PAR P802.16h on 8 December. A closing report and minutes were issued.

Liaison Activities

Future Meetings

The Session #35 document list includes references to several hundred session documents.

Working Group Membership
The Working Group Membership remains at 220. 126 Potential Members are eligible for membership by attending Session #36.

The Working Group minutes are available as IEEE 802.16-05/006.

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About IEEE 802.16
The IEEE 802.16 Working Group on Broadband Wireless Access Standards has developed and is enhancing the WirelessMANTM Standard for wireless metropolitan area networks. IEEE 802.16 is a unit of the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee, the premier transnational forum for wired and wireless networking standardization. A list of IEEE 802.16 standards and drafts is available on-line, as is a project milestone summary and an archive of previous Session Reports.

This report (24 February 2005 update) may be updated as followup material becomes available, but no such update is expected. With the approval of the IEEE 802.16 Working Group, the Session #35 Report has been drafted and edited by:

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