IEEE 802.16 Session #103 Report

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IEEE 802.16's Session #103 was held on 17-19 May 2016 in Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA in conjunction with an IEEE 802 Wireless Interim Session. The attendance list is posted.

GRIDMAN Task Group and Narrowband Activity

At Session #102, the P802.16s Project Authorization Request (PAR) and Criteria for Standards Development statement (CSD), which address fixed and mobile wireless access in channel bandwidth up to 1.25 MHz, were endorsed by the IEEE 802 Executive Committee. The PAR is on the 29 June agenda for review by the relevant IEEE-SA committee (NesCom) for recommendation. Final IEEE-SA action on the request is anticipated on 30 June.

With the PAR making the expected progress, the GRIDMAN Task Group (TG) met to further progress the background material. The TG report summarizes the activity and progress. The TG decided to develop a System Requirements Document (SRD) and created an initial draft. It developed a Call for Contributions toward Session #104 but deferred release of that Call for Contributions pending aproval of the PAR. The TG scheduled a teleconference for 30 June, at which time the PAR status will be known, to plan the Session #104 agenda and help bring new participants up to date.

Update: The P802.16s project was authorized on 2016-06-30.

Revision of IEEE Std 802.16

The WG considered the submission of a PAR for the revision of IEEE Std 802.16. In principle, such a revision should be completed prior to the completion of the next amendment, such as P802.16s. However, the possibility exists of requesting an extention of the revision requirement until after the next amendment. The WG decided to defer the revision PAR pending further review and consideration of the detailed expectations for an extension request.

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Working Group Minutes
See the draft Working Group Session #103 Minutes (when posted).

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This report 26 May 2016 release; 6 July 2016 update) is by:

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

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