IEEE 802.16 Session #83 Report

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IEEE 802.16's Session #83 was held on 14-17 Jan 2013 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. This Working Group (WG) interim session was co-located with the IEEE 802 Wireless Interim. The attendance was 16.

GRIDMAN Task Group

The Working Group's GRIDMAN Task Group resolved comments received during the second recirculations of Sponsor Ballot of the drafts of IEEE P802.16n and P802.16.1a. Approval of both documents stands at 100%, and both were submitted for confirmation recirculation. Under conditional approval from the IEEE 802 Executive Committee (EC), both drafts for were submitted for RevCom recommendation, scheduled for the 5 March RevCom agenda. The TG issued a closing report and minutes.

Project P802.16q: Multi-Tier Amendment

Project P802.16q progressed with the development of a draft System Requirements Document, Amendment Working Document, and Workplan. A Call for Contributions was issued to request input on all three. A closing report and minutes were posted.

Project P802.16r: Small Cell Backhaul Amendment

Meeting its first session, Project P802.16r reviewed contributions and developed an Update on IEEE P802.16r Activity regarding Small Cell Backhaul as a statement to relevant external organizations. A Call for Contributions and a closing report were issued.

Project P802.16.3: Mobile Broadband Network Performance Measurements

Project P802.16.3 reviewed contributions and updated the Draft IEEE P802.16.3 Architecture and Requirements for Mobile Broadband Network Performance Measurements. It developed a statement to relevant external organizations with a Report on Progress on IEEE Project P802.16.3 Architecture and Privacy. A Call for Contributions was issued. A closing report and minutes were prepared.

ITU-R Liaison Group

The ITU-R Liaison Group completed an update to a draft contribution to ITU-R WP 5D on Comments on Working Document toward a PDNR on the use of IMT for broadband PPDR. The contribution was cleared through IEEE procedures and submitted to ITU.

Project Planning Committee

The WG's Project Planning Committee confirmed the IEEE 802.16 Ballot Schedules. The PPC issued a closing report and minutes.


The IEEE 802 OmniRAN EC Study Group, which originated in the IEEE 802.16 HetNet Study Group, held its first meetings.

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Working Group Minutes
The draft Working Group Session #83 Minutes are posted.

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The IEEE 802.16 Working Group on Broadband Wireless Access Standards has developed and is enhancing the WirelessMAN® standards of IEEE 802.16 and 802.16.1 for wireless metropolitan area networks. It is also developing the IEEE P802.16.3 project on Mobile Broadband Network Performance Measurements. The IEEE 802.16 Working Group is a unit of the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee, the premier transnational forum for wired and wireless network 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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This report (25 January 2013 release) is by:

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

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