IEEE 802.16 Session #65 Report

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IEEE 802.16's Session #65 was held on 11-14 January 2010 in La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA. This was an Interim Session of the Working Group. The Member Host was Lei Wang, with IEEE 802 serving as sponsor.

The attendance list includes 216 individuals, excluding those attending primarily for the IEEE 802.16 IMT-Advanced Evaluation Group Coordination Meeting.

Task Group m (TGm): Advanced Air Interface
Task Group m (TGm) met and completed resolution of comments in Working Group Letter Ballot Recirculation #30b, in which draft P802.16m/D3 was under review. The WG decided to conclude this ballot and continue development of P802.16m/D4 under a new Working Group Letter Ballot #31 (3 February - 5 March). The TG issued a closing report and minutes.

License-Exempt Task Group
Following comment resolution in the License-Exempt Task Group, the Working Group agreed to issue a new draft P802.16h/D14 for Sponsor Ballot recirculation (26 January - 7 February). The TG issued a closing report, with minutes to follow.

Maintenance Task Group
The Maintenance Task Group addressed maintenance change requests. It also addressed comments arising the Reaffirmation Ballot of IEEE Std 802.16.2-2004; the subsequent recirculation ballot (19 January - 3 February) closed without comment. The TG issued a closing report and minutes.

GRIDMAN Study Group
The IEEE 802.16 GRIDMAN Study Group (on "Greater Reliability In Disrupted Metropolitan Area Networks") met for the first time. It drafted a Project Authorizatin Request (PAR) and submitted it for WG review. The WG accepted a modified version and agreed to forward that draft PAR to the IEEE 802 Executive Committee for consideration at the March IEEE 802 Plenary.

WG Project Planning Ad Hoc
The new WG Project Planning Ad Hoc met, reviewed contributions, and prepared a report suggesting the initiation of activities toward the development of new projects. The group developed a proposal for a Call for Interest meeting on "Future 802.16 Networks: Challenges and Possibilities". This meeting has been scheduled for the evening of 15 March at the IEEE 802 Plenary.

Liaison Activities
The ITU-R Liaison Group met through the week. Its work is summarized in the ITU-R Liaison Group Report. In particular:

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Working Group Minutes
The Working Group Session #65 minutes, as recorded by Secretary Herbert Ruck, are available as IEEE 802.16-10/0014.

The Session #65 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 (7 February 2010 release) was drafted and edited by:

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

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