IEEE 802.16 Session #89 Report

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IEEE 802.16's Session #89 was held on 20-23 January 2014 in Los Angeles, CA, USA. This Working Group (WG) interim session was co-located with the IEEE 802 Wireless Interim Session. The attendance list is posted.

Wireless SDN

The IEEE 802.16 Working Group hosted a followup "Birds of a Feather" (BOF) meeting on Wireless SDN, inviting participants from all IEEE 802 Working Groups joining the interim session. The meeting was a followup to the IEEE 802 Tutorial on Wireless SDN in Access and Backhaul that had been organized by the 802.16 WG Chair and presented to several hundred participants on 12 November 2013. An output document states the conclusions of the Wireless SDN BOF meeting. The 802.16 WG will provide a temporary home for future communications regarding the Wireless SDN topic, including organizing a mailing list and planning another meeting at the March 2014 IEEE 802 Plenary.

Project P802.16q: Multi-Tier Amendment

Project P802.16q addressed comments on the draft Amendment Working Document. The WG agreed to the generatation of WG Draft P802.16q/D1, based on the comment resolutions, and to initiate a WG Letter Ballot on that draft. A closing report and minutes were posted.

Project P802.16r: Small Cell Backhaul with Carrier Ethernet

Project P802.16r reviewed contributions and updated the Draft Architecture and Requirements document to Revision 5. An initial Table of Contents outline for the Amendment Working Document was agreed. A Call for Contributions and a closing report were issued.

Project P802.16.3: Mobile Broadband Network Performance Measurements

Project P802.16.3 reviewed the outcome of a teleconferences and reviewed a contribution. It scheduled a 20 February teleconference and prepared a Call for Contributions. The discussion is summarized in the meeting agenda and notes.

ITU-R Liaison Group

The ITU-R Liaison Group did not meet. It reported that ITU-R Working Party 5D and Study Group 5 had completed their work on the first revision of the IMT-Advanced Recommendation (ITU-R M.2012), with IEEE Std 802.16.1-2012 (as amended by 802.16.1b and 802.16.1a) incorporated.

Project Planning Committee

The WG's Project Planning Committee reviewed several documents contributed to the Working Group that did not relate directly to ongoing Working Group activities. A closing report and minutes were posted.

OmniRAN: Open Mobile Network Interface for Omni-Range Area Networks

The IEEE 802 OmniRAN EC Study Group , which originated in the IEEE 802.16 HetNet Study Group, remains active through the March 2014 IEEE 802 Plenary, while awaiting IEEE-SA Standards Board approval in late March of its proposed Project Authorization Request (PAR) on "Network Reference Model and Functional Description of IEEE 802 Access Network." The PAR specifies that the standardization project will be assigned to the 802.1 Working Group. The OmniRAN EC Study Group met during the session and laid the groundwork for the development of the Project P802.1CF.

Proposed enhancements for narrow spectrum blocks

Contribution 802.16-14-0015, entitled "Call For Interest: 802.16 enhancements for flexible spectrum support," discussed "use cases and potential enhancements to better support arbitrary frequencies and narrower channel widths, to allow efficient use of small blocks of licensed spectrum." The target applications are vertical markets, including Smart Grid, oil, gas, and aviation. The proposal suggests the creation of a study group, "contingent on identifying and gaining the interest and commitment from a critical mass of vendors that are willing and able to participate in the development of an amendment, and progress it into product development." The WG received the contribution positively. Members were encouraged to discuss this proposed topic with potentially interested companies and to refer interested parties to the author.

Future Meetings

Working Group Minutes
The Working Group Session #89 Minutes will be posted soon.

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About IEEE 802.16
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 802.16.3 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 (29 Jan 2014 release, 11 Feb 2014 update) is by:

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

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