IEEE 802.16 Session #49

IEEE 802.16's Session #49 was held on 7-10 May 2007 in Portland, OR, USA. This was an Interim Session of the Working Group. The session was hosted by Jose Puthenkulam, with Intel Corporation as Corporate Host. The site was selected during Session #44 in July 2006 based on a proposal and detail checklist. A proposal update was provided on 18 Jan 2007.

Summary and Key Outcomes
303 people attended the session. For full details of the activities, see the Session #49 Report.

Meeting Schedule
Session #49 opened at 1 pm on Monday and close around 10 pm on Thursday. The meeting schedule was posted on the IEEE 802.16 Interactive Calendar.

Information Packet
The host has provided an information packet addressing logistical issues such as travel, transporation, meeting space, restaurants, and touring.

The DoubleTree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center Portland - Lloyd Center is 20 minutes by light rail from Portland International Airport. The property includes 750 sleeping rooms, with business center, high speed internet access, restaurant, room service, fitness center, concierge, and pool. The hotel is located near Lloyd Center, Portland's largest shopping center, and is in walking distance of the Rose Garden Arena & Memorial Coliseum and part of the Portland light rail's Fareless Square.

For more information, you may contact Roman Moreno, the hotel's Convention Services Manager, at +1-503-331-4903.

Hotel Reservations
A limited number of rooms have been reserved at special rates until 15 April 2007. Reservations received after the cutoff date will be honored at this rate based on hotel availability.

Hotel rooms at the group rate are $135 per night, including in-room connected high-speed internet access and complimentary parking. You can also earn Hilton Honors points and airline miles.The group rate will apply three days before and three days following the official dates of the meeting, based on space availability.

Hotel reservations can be made via the hotel website using the Group/Convention Code ITE. The group code ITE may also be used to make your reservations by phoning the hotel at 1-800-996-0510 or +1-503-281-6111. If any issues arise, you may contact DoubleTree Customer Support.

Check-in time is 3:00 PM. Check-out time is 12:00 Noon. Early baggage check-in is available.

Registration Fee
The registration fee is US$400 until 15 April 2007 (11:59 PM PT) and US$450 afterwards. Please visit the registration site to charge the registration fee to your credit card. You will receive a confirmation by email. [If you have trouble, try pasting the URL into your browser address field.]

Wednesday Social Event
Registrants are invited to a social event on the evening of Wednesday 9 May 2007, at no extra charge. Social event attendees will enjoy a dinner cruise on the Willamette River aboard the Portland Spirit. You may bring additional guests at a fee of $55 per person based on payment via the registration site.

Flying in
You will be arriving at the Portland International Airport (PDX). Transfer between PDX and the hotel is approximately 10 miles.

Rental Cars
Rental cars are available at the PDX international airport in the Parking Garage opposite the terminal. Hertz, Avis, National, Enterprise and Alamo are some of the choices.

The host will provide, on request, an invitation letter for visa applications. To request a letter of invitation, download the invitation request form and submit it per the instructions in the form. Make your request as soon as possible so that you can get your visa in time for your trip. If you have questions regarding an invitation letter, please contact Diana Lucero or Janice LaJoie.

For up-to-date information on the Visa Application Process and expected wait-times, see For further information on visas to the US, you could go to

The average temperature in Portland in May is between 47°F (8°C) to 68°F (20°C). Average rainfall is 2 inches.

Tourist information
Portland, Oregon straddles the Willamette River near its confluence with the Columbia River. Portland is known as "The City of Roses" or "Rose City." Other nicknames for the city of Portland include "Stumptown" (due to early logging to clear land for development), "Bridgetown" (due to its numerous bridges), "Puddletown" (due to the weather), "River City" (due to its proximity to the Willamette and Columbia Rivers), and "PDX" (after the city's airport code). Check out the Portland, Oregon official web site. Bring your family!

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