IEEE 802.16 Session #101 Report

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IEEE 802.16's Session #101 was held on 19-21 January 2016 in Atlanta, GA, USA. This Working Group (WG) plenary session was co-located with the IEEE 802 Joint Interim Session. The attendance list is posted.

GRIDMAN Task Group and Narrowband Activity

Approximately 50 people attended a tutorial on the proposed 802.16s Narrowband Project, held the evening of 19 January and sponsored by the IEEE 802.16 Working Group along with the IEEE 802.24 Vertical Applications Technical Advisory Group. For details, see the slides.

The GRIDMAN Task Group developed new versions of the draft P802.16s PAR and CSD statement for the proposed new project, which would specify operation of existing IEEE Std 802.16 WirelessMAN-OFDMA systems in narrower channel allocations. After further discussion in a teleconference of 1 February, the drafts will be submitted to the IEEE Executive Committee for consideration at the March IEEE 802 Plenary in conjunction with IEEE 802.16 Session #102.

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Working Group Minutes
See the draft Working Group Session #101 Minutes.

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The IEEE 802.16 Working Group on Broadband Wireless Access Standards has developed and is responsible for maintaining the WirelessMAN® standards of IEEE 802.16 and 802.16.1 for wireless metropolitan area networks. 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 (26 January 2016 release) is by:

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

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