October 29 Deadline for First-Round Input to Air Interface Selection
At its Session #3 (September 13-17 in Boulder, Colorado, USA) the IEEE 802.16 Working Group on Broadband Wireless Access took concrete steps toward the rapid development of a standard air interface for broadband wireless access networks. These steps are embodied in the following documents:
(1) Development Plan for 802.16.1 Air Interface Standard (802.16-99/05)
This document details the plan for the development of the IEEE Standard "Air Interface for Fixed Broadband Wireless Access". A detailed timeline is accompanied by descriptions of the meeting inputs and outputs as well as selection and revision processes. The plan describes a strongly contribution-driven scheme which encourages contributors to supply documentary information in increasing detail as the process proceeds. It establishes a cooperative approach in which improvements to and mergers of contributions are anticipated and encouraged. The plan is centered around meetings held approximately every two months. According to the plan, selections will be made at Session #7 (May 1-5, 1999) and the draft standard will be finalized at Session #10 (November 6-10, 2000).
802.16-99/05 is presently being affirmed in a letter ballot review by the voting members. As of October 1, the tally was unanimously in favor.
(2) Call for Contributions on PHY and MAC; October 29 Deadline
In accordance with the 802.16.1 Development Plan, both the PHY and MAC Task Groups will make their initial evaluations of proposals at 802.16 Session #4 (November 8-11, 1999 in Kauai, Hawaii, USA). Both groups have called for all interested parties to submit initial descriptions of complete or partial solutions by the October 29 deadline. The groups are requesting a rather low level of detail, suitable for a 15 minute presentation. After evaluation by the voting members based on criteria itemized in the Call for Contributions, many or all of the proposers will be invited to prepare a more detailed description for Session #5 (see below).
NOTE: ONLY CONTRIBUTORS TO SESSION #4 ARE ELIGIBLE FOR INVITATION TO CONTRIBUTE TO SESSION #5!
(3) (Tentative) Invitations to Contribute to PHY and MAC; December 24 Deadline
These tentative announcements outline the detail expected by invited contributions submitted by December 24 for Session #5 (January 10-14, 2000 in Richardson, Texas, USA). They refer to the Draft Outline of the 802.16.1 Air Interface Standard (see below).
(4) Outline of the 802.16.1 Air Interface Standard (Draft) [802.16-99/06d0]
This is the first draft outline of the 802.16.1 Air Interface Standard.