N-WEST News #34
National Wireless Electronic Systems Testbed (N-WEST)

06 December 2001

WirelessMANTM Air Interface is now IEEE Standard 802.16

Approved as IEEE Standard on 6 December

The WirelessMANTM  "Air Interface for Fixed Broadband Wireless Access Systems" was approved as IEEE Standard 802.16 on 6 October 2001 by the Standards Board of the IEEE Standards Association. For more details, see the news release.

The standard includes the Working Group's basic medium access control layer (MAC), which will support multiple physical layer (PHY) specifications for Wireless Metropolitan Area Networks. The standard also includes the group's first PHY specification, which addresses frequency bands from 10-66 GHz. The standard will be published as soon as final professional editing is complete. In the meantime, the 355-page draft is available for sale in the IEEE catalog.

Dr. Roger B. Marks
National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, Colorado, USA