IEEE 802.16 Session #46 Report

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Session #46 Venue and Attendance
The IEEE 802.16 Working Group met in its Session #46 on 13-16 November 2006 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas in Dallas, TX, USA. This was an IEEE 802 LMSC Plenary Session and co-located with sessions of the other IEEE 802 Working Groups and Technical Advisory Groups. The attendance list includes 324 names.

New 802.16m Project Will Develop Advanced Air Interface suitable for IMT-Advanced
On 6 December, the IEEE-SA Standards Board formally initiated a new standardization project, designated 802.16m, under which the 802.16 Working Group is authorized to develop a new advanced air interface. The PAR, which originated during the Working Group's Session #45, was revised during Session #46. The intent of the project is to amend the IEEE 802.16 WirelessMAN-OFDMA specification to provide an advanced air interface that meets the cellular layer requirements of IMT-Advanced next generation mobile networks, while providing continuing support for legacy WirelessMAN-OFDMA equipment. The PAR anticipates completion of the work in November 2009. Initial discussions are planned for Session #47.

Network Management (NetMan) Task Group
The NetMan Task Group met to address the three projects below. The Task Group issued a closing report and minutes.

P802.16g Project
The NetMan Task Group addressed comments arising during 802.16 WG Letter Ballot Recirculation #20d regarding the draft P802.16g/D5 on "Management Plane Procedures and Services." Comment resolutions were incorporated in a new draft P802.16g/D6. The IEEE 802 Executive Committee (EC) granted conditional approval to forward the draft for IEEE Sponsor Ballot, pending successful recirculation. After Recirculation #20e closed uneventfully on 11 December, P802.16g/D6 was submitted for Sponsor Ballot, running from 13 December - 12 January.
P802.16i Project
The Task Group addressed responses to a Call for Comments regarding the P802.16i Baseline Document, on the Mobile Management Information Base. The updated P802.16i Baseline Document was completed. A new Call for Comments was issued, with a deadline of 8 January.
P802.16k Project
In the P802.16k Project project to amend IEEE 802.1D for support of 802.16 bridging, the NetMan Task Group resolved comments arising during IEEE-SA Sponsor Ballot recirculation on draft P802.16k/D3. On 17 November, the IEEE 802 EC granted conditional approval to forward a draft to IEEE-SA's RevCom once the ballot was successfully concluded. Subsequently, a new draft, draft P802.16k/D4 was prepared for 15-day Sponsor Ballot recirculation, running from 11-26 December.

Maintenance Task Group
The Working Group's Maintenance Task Group met to resolve comments received in Working Group Letter Ballot #23, which is reviewing change requests for consideration in the 802.16/Corrigendum 2 project. The change requests accepted will be integrated into a draft document for recirculation. The TG issued a closing report and minutes.

Relay Task Group
The Working Group's Relay Task Group reviewed 156 contributions received in response to a Call for Technical Proposals. A Closing Report and minutes were issued. A new Call for Technical Proposals was annouced, with a deadline of 8 January.

License-Exempt Task Group
The Working Group's Licensed-Exempt Task Group reviewed comments received during Working Group Letter Ballot #24, in which the first P802.16h project draft, P802.16h/D1, was under review. Comment resolution was not completed but will resume at Session #47. A joint meeting was help with the 802.11 Task Group. A closing report and the minutes were issued. A Call for Additional Comments was issued.

Liaison Activities

Working Group Issues

Future Meetings

Minutes and Motions
The Working Group minutes are available as IEEE 802.16-06/084.

IEEE 802 Executive Committee Actions
The Working Group's requests at the 802 LMSC Executive Committee meeting of 17 November were approved, with one exception: forwarding the 802.16m PAR was approved in a subsequent email ballot.

The Session #46 Document Guide includes references to all session documents. Draft standards are available with a working group password or by purchase from IEEE-SA. Most IEEE 802.16 standards are available for free download via the Get IEEE 802® program. See the 802.16 publication list for details of published standards and drafts.

About IEEE 802.16
The IEEE 802.16 Working Group on Broadband Wireless Access Standards has developed and is enhancing the WirelessMAN® Standard for wireless metropolitan area networks. IEEE 802.16 is a unit of the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee, the premier transnational forum for wired and wireless networking 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.

"802.16 News" Mailing List
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With the approval of the IEEE 802.16 Working Group, this report (24 December 2006 update) was drafted and edited by:

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

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