IEEE 802.16's Session #55 was held on 12-15 May 2008 at the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macao, P.R. China. This was an Interim Session of the Working Group. The Member Host was Jianmin Lu of Huawei, with China Mobile, Huawei, ZTE, and CATR as Corporate Hosts.
The attendance list includes 402 individuals, smashing the 802.16 interim session record of 303 at Session #53.
Task Group m (TGm): Advanced Air Interface
Task Group m (TGm) continued with its advance work in the development of the P802.16m project 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. Following comment resolution, a new version IEEE 802.16m-08/003r3 of the System Description Document (SDD) was issued, and a new version IEEE 802.16m-08/004r2 of the Evaluation Methodology Document (EMD) will follow. Five new Rapporteur Groups (on HARQ, Preamble, Downlink MIMO, Uplink Control, and Uplink PHY) were chartered until Session #56, along with a Relay Ad Hoc group. The TG issued a closing report and minutes.
Update: A Call for Comments and Contributions on Project 802.16m System Description Document (SDD) opened, through 7 July.
Relay Task Group
The Relay Task Group completed the resolution of comments received in WG Letter Ballot Recirculation #28c. The Working Group agreed to issue a new draft, P802.16j/D5, and initiate Recirc #28d through 21 June. A closing report and minutes were issued.
Maintenance Task Group
The Working Group's Maintenance Task Group is developing the 802.16Rev2 project to revise IEEE Std 802.16. It resolved comments received in WG Letter Ballot Recirculation #26c. The Working Group agreed to initiate Recirc #26d, though 21 June, on the new draft, P802.16Rev2/D5. Rapporteur Groups were initiated to harmonize on four key topics. The TG issued a closing report and minutes.
License-Exempt Task Group
The License-Exempt Task Group completed the resolution of comments received in WG Letter Ballot Recirc #29b. The Working Group agreed to issue a new draft, P802.16h/D6, and initiate Recirc #29c through 7 June. Afterwards, the TG planned to address comments, update the draft, and conduct an additional recirc prior to Session #56, if appropriate. The TG issued a closing report and minutes.
The WG's ITU-R Liaison Group met actively throughout the session, issuing a meeting report (L802.16-08/035). As the result of this activity, the following WG actions arose:
Minutes and Motions
The Working Group Session #55 minutes are available as IEEE 802.16-08/027.
The Session #55 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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