IEEE 802.16 Session #64 Report

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IEEE 802.16's Session #64 was held on 16-19 November 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia, 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 initial attendance estimate was 246.

Task Group m (TGm): Advanced Air Interface
Task Group m (TGm) met and completed resolution of comments in Working Group Letter Ballot Recirculation #30a, in which draft P802.16m/D2 was under review. P802.16m/D3 will be prepared for Working Group Letter Ballot Recirculation #30b, which will address the entire draft and be completed prior to Session #65. The TG issued a closing report, with minutes to follow.

Update: WG Letter Ballot Recirc #30b opened on 9 December, through 31 December.

License-Exempt Task Group
Following comment resolution in the License-Exempt Task Group, the Working Group agreed to issue a new draft P802.16h/D13 for Sponsor Ballot recirculation, closing prior to Session #65. The IEEE 802 Executive Committee (EC) agreed to forward a request to extend the project through 2010. The TG issued a closing report, with minutes to follow.

Update: On 9 December, the IEEE-SA Standards Board approved the PAR extension through 2010.

Maintenance Task Group
The Maintenance Task Group addressed change requests and drafted a response to a liaison statement. The TG issued a closing report and minutes.

New IEEE 802.16 GRIDMAN Study Group
The Working Group Ad Hoc Committee on Network Robustness and Reliability (NRR) met for the final time and proposed (in its final report) the creation of the IEEE 802.16 GRIDMAN Study Group on "Greater Reliability In Disrupted Metropolitan Area Networks". The proposal was approved by the IEEE 802.16 WG and the IEEE 802 EC, putting the Study Group into effect. It will study the synergies among IEEE 802.16 wireless metropolitan area network technologies aimed at Smart Grid, Public Safety, Avionics, Airport Surface Communication, and Surveillance applications. It will first meet at IEEE 802.16 Session #65.

Liaison Activities
The ITU-R Liaison Group met through the week and prepared a number of documents. For more details, see the ITU-R Liaison Group Report. A draft ITU contribution was approved by the IEEE 802.16 WG, the IEEE 802.18 TAG, and the IEEE 802 Executive Committee, subject to suitable editorial revision:

Other liaison issues during Session #64 included:

WG Project Planning Ad Hoc
The new WG Project Planning Ad Hoc met, reviewed contributions, and prepared a report.

Working Group Treasury
The Working Group Treasurer, Scott Migaldi, provided a report.

Future Meetings

Working Group Minutes
The Working Group Session #64 minutes, as recorded by Secretary Herbert Ruck, are available as IEEE 802.16-09/0075.

IEEE 802 Executive Committee Actions
The Working Group's requests at the 802 LMSC Executive Committee meeting of 20 November were all approved.

The Session #64 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 (4 November 2009 release, 4 January update) was drafted and edited by:

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

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