IEEE 802.16 Session #62 Report

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IEEE 802.16's Session #62 was held 13-16 July 2009 in San Francisco, 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 283.

Task Group m (TGm): Advanced Air Interface
Task Group m (TGm) met a major milestone by completing work toward its initial draft of the P802.16m amendment. The 802.16 Working Group agreed to accept that document (P802.16m/D1) as a Working Group Draft and to initiate a Working Group Ballot to review the draft, closing prior to Session #63. The Task Group will issue a request for input on specific technical topics (LBS, E-MBS, Relay, and SON), to be submitted prior to Session #63 and discussed at Session #63.5. The TG issued a closing report, with minutes following.

Update: The draft P802.16m/D1 was posted on 30 July. It is being reviewed in Working Group Letter Ballot #30 through 29 August. Comment resolution is scheduled for Session #63.

License-Exempt Task Group
Following comment resolution in the License-Exempt Task Group, the Working Group agreed to issue a new draft P802.16h/D10 for Sponsor Ballot recirculation, closing prior to Session #63. The TG issued a closing report, with minutes to follow.

Update: Sponsor Ballot recirculation of draft P802.16h/D10 opened on 10 August and runs through 25 August.

Maintenance Task Group
The Maintenance Task Group updated its maintenance database to point comments to IEEE Std 802.16-2009. As a followup to maintenance input received, a liaison statement was agreed for submittal to the WiMAX Forum. The TG issued a closing report and minutes to follow.

Working Group Ad Hoc Committee on Network Robustness and Reliability
The Working Group Ad Hoc Committee on Network Robustness and Reliability (NRR) met again. It presented a closing report and was renewed through Session #64.The Committee issued a closing report, with minutes to follow.

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. Following a call for contributions and correspondence activity, the ITU-R Liaison Group created a draft IMT-Advanced submission. In preparation for Session #63, it issued a Call for Comments and Contributions on those drafts.

Four draft ITU contributions were approved by the IEEE 802.16 WG, the IEEE 802.18 TAG, and the IEEE 802 Executive Committee, subject to suitable editorial revision:

Other liaison issues during Session #62 included:

Working Group Treasury
The Working Group Treasurer, Scott Migaldi, provided a report.

Future Meetings

Working Group Minutes
The Working Group Session #62 minutes, as recorded by Secretary Herbert Ruck, were posted on 30 July.

IEEE 802 Executive Committee Actions
The results of the Working Group's requests at the 802 LMSC Executive Committee meeting of 17 July are available.

The Session #62 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
The IEEE 802.16 Working Group on Broadband Wireless Access Standards has developed and is enhancing the WirelessMAN® Standard for wireless metropolitan area networks. IEEE 802.16 is a unit of the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee, the premier transnational forum for wired and wireless networking 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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With the approval of the IEEE 802.16 Working Group, this report (19 July 2009) was drafted and edited by:

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

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