Session #48 Venue and Attendance
The IEEE 802.16 Working Group met in its Session #48 on 12-15 March 2007 at the Caribe Royale Orlando in Orlando, FL, USA. This was an IEEE 802 LMSC Plenary Session and co-located with sessions of the other IEEE 802 Working Groups and Technical Advisory Groups. The attendance list includes 363 individuals, just short of the WG record of 367 set at Session #34.
Task Group m (TGm): Advanced Air Interface
Task Group m (TGm) held its second meeting in the development of the P802.16m project. The intent of the project is to amend the IEEE 802.16 WirelessMAN-OFDMA specification so that, while offering continuing support for legacy WirelessMAN-OFDMA equipment, it can meet the emerging cellular layer requirements of IMT-Advanced next generation mobile networks. The PAR mentions a few specific IMT-Advanced targets, such as 100 Mbit/s and high mobility.
TGm conducted a detailed review of the project's technical requirements, based on input from the 802.16m Requirements Drafting Group that had met prior to Session #48 to consolidate contributions. The TG produced an updated draft 802.16m-07/002r1, which will be subject to further comment. Based on its decisions, TGm provided comments to the ITU Liaison Group for its preparation of draft relevant to IMT-Advanced requirements (see below).
TGm also reviewed contributions on evaluation methodology and initiated a drafting group to compile and harmonize proposals for comment.
A closing report and minutes were released.
Update: Call for Comments and Contributions on Project 802.16m Requirements was issued on 9 April, with a deadline of 30 April.
Update: Call for Comments was issued, with a deadline of 3 May, on a Draft 802.16m Evaluation Methodology Document completed by an ad hoc committee on 14 April.
Network Management (NetMan) Task Group
The NetMan Task Group met to address its projects, as detailed below. The Task Group issued a closing report and minutes.
Maintenance Task Group
The Working Group's Maintenance Task Group met to resolve comments received on draft corrigendum P802.16/Cor2/D2 during Working Group Letter Ballot Recirculation #23a. Draft P802.16/Cor2/D3 was prepared for Recirculation #23b (13-29 April).
The Maintenance Task Group was also assigned to review the WG's Project Authorization Request (PAR) to initiate a project for the revision of IEEE Std 802.16, consolidating IEEE Std 802.16-2004, 802.16e, and 802.16f (and, possibly, later amendments), along with maintenance changes. The TG resolved the single comment it received. The 802 EC agreed to forward the resulting PAR to NesCom. The IEEE-SA Standards Board approved the PAR to authorize the project during its meeting of 22 March.
The TG issued a closing report and minutes.
Relay Task Group
The Relay Task Group reviewed comments and contributions regarding its baseline document for the P802.16j project. A closing report and minutes were issued. Subsequently, a Call for Technical Comments was issued. Eight ad hoc groups are progressing the work.
Update: A revised Baseline Document was posted on 11 April.
License-Exempt Task Group
The Working Group's Licensed-Exempt Task Group resolved comments received during WG Letter Ballot Recirculation #24a regarding P802.16h/D2. A further recirculation was not deemed appropriate at this time. Comment resolution will continue. Five ad hoc committees were tasked to resolve pending action items.
A joint meeting on 802.11/802.16 coexistence, particulary in the 3650 MHz band, was held on 13 March, with participation from the 802.11 and 802.16 WGs and the 802.19 Coexistence TAG. Biweekly teleconferences, chaired by the 802.19 Chair, will be initiated on this topic, beginning March 29, April 12, and April 26.
The TG issued a closing report and minutes.
ITU-R Liaison Activities
Other Liaison Activities
Working Group and IEEE 802 Issues
Minutes and Motions
The Working Group minutes are available as IEEE 802.16-07/023.
IEEE 802 Executive Committee Actions
The Working Group's requests at the 802 LMSC Executive Committee meeting of 16 March were approved.
The Session #48 Document Guide includes references to all session documents. Draft standards are available with a working group password or by purchase from IEEE-SA. Most IEEE 802.16 standards are available for free download via the Get IEEE 802® program. See the 802.16 publication list for details of published standards and drafts.
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Roger Marks (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chair, IEEE 802.16 Working Group on Broadband Wireless Access Standards