IEEE 802.16 Session #106 Report

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IEEE 802.16's Session #106 was held on 8-10 November 2016 in San Antonio, TX US in conjunction with an IEEE 802 Plenary. The attendance list is posted.

GRIDMAN Task Group and Narrowband Activity

The P802.16s project addresses fixed and mobile wireless access in channel bandwidth up to 1.25 MHz. The GRIDMAN Task Group (TG) met to continue the development. The TG report summarizes the activity and progress. The TG reviewed and approved the System Requirements Document (SRD) . Contributions were reviewed, and the TG agreed on the technical approach for the amendment, which was adopted into the System Description Document (SDD). The TG scheduled teleconferences for Thursday 8 Dec 11 AM PT and Thursday 5 Jan 11 AM PT.

Revision of IEEE Std 802.16

The WG agreed on a plan to create a revision of IEEE Std 802.16, in a project that will be entitled P802.16Rev4. The intention is to merge the three current amendments (IEEE Std 802.16p, IEEE Std 802.16n, and IEEE Std 802.16q ) into the base standard IEEE 802.16-2012. The IEEE 802 Executive Committee agreed to forward the proposal to the IEEE-SA for approval in early 2017. Once the project is authorized, an integrated draft will be reviewed in Working Group and IEEE-SA ballots.

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Working Group Minutes
See the draft Working Group Session #106 Minutes.

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About IEEE 802.16
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 (11 November 2016 release) is by:

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

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