IEEE 802.16 Session #79 Report


Session #79 Overview

IEEE 802.16's Session #79 was held on 16-19 January 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. This Working Group (WG) interim session was co-located with the IEEE 802 Wireless Interim.


The attendance list includes 26 individuals.

HetNet Study Group

The new IEEE 802.16 WG Study Group on the WirelessMAN Radio Interface in Heterogeneous Networks (HetNet Study Group) met for the first time. Input contributions were received from individuals affiliated with Consensii LLC, ETRI, Nokia Siemens Networks, and WiMAX Forum. Based on the inputs and discussions, the Study Group proceeded in two directions: The Study Group issued a closing report

Metrology Study Group

The new IEEE 802.16 WG Study Group on Broadband Wireless Access Metrology (Metrology Study Group) met for the first time. Input contributions were received, from individuals affiliation with Consensii LLC, Georgia Tech, Google, Mobile Pulse, Inc., and NIST. Most contributions were related to network performance measurements. The Study Group concluded a draft PAR P802.16.3 on Mobile Broadband Network Performance Measurements, which was forwarded by the WG to the IEEE 802 Executive Committee (EC) for review at the July 802 Plenary. The Study Group remains open to investigation of other possible projects as well. It issued a Call for Contributions on Potential New Metrology Standardization Projects and summarized its work in a closing report

Machine-to-Machine Task Group

At Session #79, the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Task Group resolved comments received during the first recirculations of the IEEE Sponsor Ballots regarding drafts P802.16p and P802.16.1b. In each case, a second recirculation will be requested and, if successful, the draft will be submitted to RevCom. The TG issued a closing report.

GRIDMAN Task Group

The Working Group's GRIDMAN Task Group resolved comments received during the first recirculations of WG Letter Ballot #37 and WG Letter Ballot #38, in which drafts P802.16n and IEEE P802.16.1a are under review. In each case, a second 30-day recirculation will follow. The TG issued a closing report.

Maintenance Task Group

With both the P802.16Rev3/D6 and P802.16.1/D6 drafts on the RevCom agenda of 7 June, the Maintenance Task Group did not meet. However, a Maintenance Ad Hoc was convened to review comments received in the third recirculation of both drafts. Comment responses were prepared, agreed by the WG, and passed to RevCom.

Project Planning Committee

The WG's Project Planning Committee confirmed the IEEE 802.16 Ballot Schedules. Based on an input contribution, the group agreed to solicit inputs on BS-controlled direct communication (DC) for proximity-based applications, particularly regarding differences from DC being developed in other standardization activities, technical challenges, requirements, and standard impacts. The Committee issued a closing report.

Liaison Activities

The ITU-R Liaison Group, as planned, did not meet.

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Working Group Minutes

The Working Group Session #79 minutes will be available shortly.


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