IEEE 802.16 Session #63.5 Report

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IEEE 802.16's Session #63.5 was held on 21-24 September 2009 in Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA. This was an Interim Session of the Working Group, hosted by the IEEE 802.11 and 802.15 Working Groups.

The attendance list includes 148 individuals.

IMT-Advanced RIT Candidate submitted to ITU-R
The ITU-R Liaison Group completed a candidate IMT-Advanced RIT proposal that was approved during a Joint Plenary Session of the IEEE 802.16 WG and the IEEE 802.18 TAG. Following minor editorial corrections, the proposal was submitted by IEEE to ITU-R Working Party 5D on 3 October. The WG provided update information in liaison statements to the relevant bodies within ARIB, TTA, and the WiMAX Forum. The Group developed a presentation on the IEEE 802.16 Candidate Proposal for IMT-Advanced for ITU-R's 3rd Workshop on IMT-Advanced. The IEEE 802.16m IMT-Advanced Evaluation Group Coordination Meeting is scheduled for 13 January during Session #65.

For more details, see the ITU-R Liaison Group Report and the IEEE 802.16 IMT-Advanced Candidate Proposal Web Page.

Update: IEEE issued a press release on 6 October entitled IEEE Proposes IMT-Advanced Candidate Based on IEEE 802.16™.

Update: The WiMAX Forum copied to IEEE 802.16 its contribution, co-signed by 50 companies, to ITU-R WP 5D on Endorsement of Candidate IMT-Advanced RIT based on IEEE 802.16.

Task Group m (TGm): Advanced Air Interface
Task Group m (TGm) met and completed resolution of comments in Working Group Letter Ballot #30, in which draft P802.16m/D1 was under review. The outputs of drafting groups on LBS, E-MBS, Relay, and SON) were accepted during comment resolution. P802.16m/D2 will be prepared for Working Group Letter Ballot Recirculation #30a, which will address the entire draft and be completed prior to Session #64. A new document, System Evaluation Details for IEEE 802.16 IMT-Advanced Proposal (SED), was produced based on extracts of P802.16m/D1 as modified by comment resolutions agreed at Session #63. The 802.16m System Description Document (SDD) and 802.16m System Requirements Document (SRD) were updated based on comment resolution. The TG issued a closing report, with minutes to follow.

License-Exempt Task Group
Following comment resolution in the License-Exempt Task Group, the Working Group agreed to issue a new draft P802.16h/D12 for Sponsor Ballot recirculation prior to Session #64. The Working Group agreed to request an extension of the PAR past the end of 2009. The TG issued a closing report, with minutes to follow.

Maintenance Task Group
The Maintenance Task Group met to address maintenance change requests, agreeing to recommend them for inclusion in the 802.16m draft. The TG drafted a liaison statement that was sent to the WiMAX Forum in response to comments received. Based on TG recommendations, the WG agreed to the administrative withdrawal IEEE Std 802.16/Conformance03-2004 and to initiate reaffirmation of IEEE Std 802.16.2-2004. The TG issued a closing report and minutes.

Working Group Ad Hoc Committee on Network Robustness and Reliability
The Working Group Ad Hoc Committee on Network Robustness and Reliability (NRR) did not meet; it will next meet during Session #64. A report was presented to the WG.

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Minutes and Motions
The draft Working Group Session #63.5 minutes are available as IEEE 802.16-09/0055.

The Session #63.5 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
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With the approval of the IEEE 802.16 Working Group, this report (4 October 2009 release; 8 October 2009 update) was drafted and edited by:

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

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