IEEE 802.16 Session #112 Report

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IEEE 802.16's Session #112 was held on 5 November 2017 in Orlando, FL, USA in conjunction with an IEEE 802 Plenary. The attendance list is posted.

Hibernation of IEEE 802.16 Working Group

The IEEE 802 Executive Committee, on 10 November, approved the decision of the IEEE 802.16 Working Group (WG) to place the WG into hibernation as of the end of the next IEEE 802 Plenary Session, on 9 March 2018. The WG plans to meet briefly in March but anticipates no significant business to conduct. No other future meetings are planned. The IEEE 802 procedures specify a process to return a WG to active state under suitable circumstances.

Revision of IEEE Std 802.16

The revision of IEEE Std 802.16 remains on track for December approval. Review of the draft P802.16Rev4/D4 is scheduled for RevCom review on 5 December 2017. Pre-publication editing activities are underway.

Withdrawal of IEEE Std 802.16/Conformance04-2006

The Working Group decided to initiate the withdrawal of IEEE Std 802.16/Conformance04-2006, which provides PICS Proforma related to conformance to IEEE Std 802.16-2004, since the latter is considerably out of date. IEEE-SA is in the process of forming a Sponsor Ballot group of individuals interested in voting on the issue of withdrawal. Following a thirty-day ballot invitation period, a thirty-day ballot will be conducted.

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Working Group Minutes
See the draft Working Group Session #112 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 (13 November 2017 release) is by:

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

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