IEEE 802.16 Session #68 Report

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IEEE 802.16's Session #68 was held on 12-15 July 2010 in San Diego, California, 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 attendance was 164.

Task Group m (TGm): Advanced Air Interface
Task Group m (TGm) met and completed resolution of comments in Sponsor Ballot of draft P802.16m/D6. P802.16m/D7 was prepared for recirculation prior to Session #68.5 in August. The existing IEEE 802.16m Work Plan from 18 March remains accurate. The TG issued a closing report, with minutes to follow.

Maintenance Task Group
The Maintenance Task Group addressed change requests and updated its database. It also drafted a response to a liaison statement from the WiMAX Forum. The TG issued a closing report and minutes.

License-Exempt Task Group
The License-Exempt Task Group did not meet. The P802.16h draft was approved by the IEEE-SA Standards Board on 17 June as IEEE Std 802.16h-2010. Publication is scheduled soon.

GRIDMAN Study Group
The Working Group's GRIDMAN Study Group met to discuss activity under the new P802.16n project, which was approved by the IEEE-SA Standards Board on 17 June. The project will amend IEEE Std 802.16 to provide for "Higher Reliability Networks." The TG issued a closing report and minutes. With the GRIDMAN Study Group's temporary assignment completed, the new GRIDMAN Task Group was initiated to develop the draft standard. Tim Godfrey serves as Chair.

WG Project Planning Committee
The WG Project Planning Committee met, reviewed contributions, and prepared a report.

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. Liaison statements to Japan, TTA, and the WiMAX Forum were completed. The ITU-R Liaison Group Workplan was updated.

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Working Group Minutes
The Working Group Session #68 minutes, as recorded by Secretary Scott Probasco, are available as IEEE 802.16-10/0044 .

IEEE 802 Executive Committee Actions
The Working Group's requests at the 802 LMSC Executive Committee meeting of 16 July were approved.

The Session #68 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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This report (2 August 2010 release) was drafted and edited by:

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

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