IEEE 802.16 Session #61 Report

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IEEE 802.16's Session #61 was held on 4-7 May 2009 in Cairo, Egypt. This was an Interim Session of the Working Group. The Member Hosts were Fadel Digham, Ahmed Shalash, and Mohamed Khairy, with the National Telecom Regulatory Authority of Egypt (NTRA) as the organizational Host and Cairo University as co-host.

The attendance list includes 210 individuals.

New Standards Approved

Task Group m (TGm): Advanced Air Interface
Task Group m (TGm) continued with its 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 equipment, it will meet the requirements of IMT-Advanced next generation mobile networks. Following comment resolution, new versions of the System Description Document (SDD) (802.16m-08/003r9) and P802.16m Amendment Working Document (AWD) (802.16m-09/0010r2) were authorized. Drafting Groups were established or extended on Extended Multi-Carrier, Interference Mitigation, Security, and Convergence Sublayer. A Call for Contributions on the AWD was drafted. Revisions to the workplan were agreed. The TG issued a closing report and minutes.

Maintenance Task Group
The Maintenance Task Group participated in the final pre-publication editorial review of IEEE Std 802.16-2009. The Task Group also considered proposed change requests submitted according to the 802.16 Working Group Maintenance Process and reviewed a liaison statement from the WiMAX Forum. A closing report and minutes were issued.

Relay Task Group
The Relay Task Group organized the final pre-publication editorial review of IEEE Std 802.16j. A closing report and minutes were issued.

License-Exempt Task Group
The License-Exempt Task Group considered comments received during IEEE-SA Sponsor Ballot on the P802.16h/D9 draft. Completion of comment resolution is anticipated at Session #62. A closing report was issued.

Working Group Ad Hoc Committee on Network Robustness and Reliability
The Working Group Ad Hoc Committee on Network Robustness and Reliability prepared an opening report and met briefly. The group was authorized to continue its work through Session #62.

Liaison Activities
The WG's ITU-R Liaison Group met actively throughout the session. The group drafted a number of documents and issued a meeting report L802.16-08/0057r1. As a result of this activity, the following actions arose:

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Minutes and Motions
The draft Working Group Session #61 minutes are available as IEEE 802.16-09/0035.

The Session #61 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.

About IEEE 802.16
The IEEE 802.16 Working Group on Broadband Wireless Access Standards has developed and is enhancing the WirelessMAN® 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 an archive of previous Session Reports. The IEEE 802.16 Interactive Calendar includes sessions and deadlines.

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With the approval of the IEEE 802.16 Working Group, this report (30 May 2009 release, 19 June update) was drafted and edited by:

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

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