IEEE 802.16 Session #48 Report

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Session #48 Venue and Attendance
The IEEE 802.16 Working Group met in its Session #48 on 12-15 March 2007 at the Caribe Royale Orlando in Orlando, FL, 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 363 individuals, just short of the WG record of 367 set at Session #34.

Task Group m (TGm): Advanced Air Interface
Task Group m (TGm) held its second meeting in the development of the P802.16m project. The intent of the project is to amend the IEEE 802.16 WirelessMAN-OFDMA specification so that, while offering continuing support for legacy WirelessMAN-OFDMA equipment, it can meet the emerging cellular layer requirements of IMT-Advanced next generation mobile networks. The PAR mentions a few specific IMT-Advanced targets, such as 100 Mbit/s and high mobility.

TGm conducted a detailed review of the project's technical requirements, based on input from the 802.16m Requirements Drafting Group that had met prior to Session #48 to consolidate contributions. The TG produced an updated draft 802.16m-07/002r1, which will be subject to further comment. Based on its decisions, TGm provided comments to the ITU Liaison Group for its preparation of draft relevant to IMT-Advanced requirements (see below).

TGm also reviewed contributions on evaluation methodology and initiated a drafting group to compile and harmonize proposals for comment.

A closing report and minutes were released.

Update: Call for Comments and Contributions on Project 802.16m Requirements was issued on 9 April, with a deadline of 30 April.
Update: Call for Comments was issued, with a deadline of 3 May, on a Draft 802.16m Evaluation Methodology Document completed by an ad hoc committee on 14 April.

Network Management (NetMan) Task Group
The NetMan Task Group met to address its projects, as detailed below. The Task Group issued a closing report and minutes.

P802.16g Project (Management Plane Procedures and Services)
The NetMan Task Group addressed comments arising during Sponsor Ballot recirculation of draft P802.16g/D8, which closed on 10 March. Following comment resolution, a new draft P802.16g/D9 will be subject to a confirmation recirculation. With the ballot approval standing at 98%, he IEEE 802 Executive Committee (EC) approved a WG request to submit the draft to RevCom for IEEE-SA approval, conditional on appropriate ballot closure.
P802.16i Project (Mobile Management Information Base)
The Task Group resolved comments received in Working Group Letter Ballot #25 regarding P802.16i/D1. P802.16i/D2 has been prepared for Recirculation #25a (13-29 April).
P802.16k Project
Draft P802.16k/D4, to amend IEEE 802.1D for support of 802.16 bridging, was approved as an IEEE standard by the IEEE-SA Standards Board during its meeting of 22 March.

Maintenance Task Group
The Working Group's Maintenance Task Group met to resolve comments received on draft corrigendum P802.16/Cor2/D2 during Working Group Letter Ballot Recirculation #23a. Draft P802.16/Cor2/D3 was prepared for Recirculation #23b (13-29 April).

The Maintenance Task Group was also assigned to review the WG's Project Authorization Request (PAR) to initiate a project for the revision of IEEE Std 802.16, consolidating IEEE Std 802.16-2004, 802.16e, and 802.16f (and, possibly, later amendments), along with maintenance changes. The TG resolved the single comment it received. The 802 EC agreed to forward the resulting PAR to NesCom. The IEEE-SA Standards Board approved the PAR to authorize the project during its meeting of 22 March.

The TG issued a closing report and minutes.

Relay Task Group
The Relay Task Group reviewed comments and contributions regarding its baseline document for the P802.16j project. A closing report and minutes were issued. Subsequently, a Call for Technical Comments was issued. Eight ad hoc groups are progressing the work.

Update: A revised Baseline Document was posted on 11 April.

License-Exempt Task Group
The Working Group's Licensed-Exempt Task Group resolved comments received during WG Letter Ballot Recirculation #24a regarding P802.16h/D2. A further recirculation was not deemed appropriate at this time. Comment resolution will continue. Five ad hoc committees were tasked to resolve pending action items.

A joint meeting on 802.11/802.16 coexistence, particulary in the 3650 MHz band, was held on 13 March, with participation from the 802.11 and 802.16 WGs and the 802.19 Coexistence TAG. Biweekly teleconferences, chaired by the 802.19 Chair, will be initiated on this topic, beginning March 29, April 12, and April 26.

The TG issued a closing report and minutes.

ITU-R Liaison Activities

New ITU-R M.1801 Recommends IEEE 802.16 in the Mobile Service
A notice from ITU-R announced the approval, as of 8 March, of Recommendation ITU-R M.1801 on "Radio interface standards for broadband wireless access systems, including mobile and nomadic applications, in the mobile service operating below 6 GHz." This document, developed by WP 8A in SG8, recommends IEEE Std 802.16 (as well as the compatible ETSI BRAN HIPERMAN standard) for "mobile and nomadic applications in the mobile service." The WG acknowledges the efforts of José Costa, its ITU-R Liaison Official, in helping to bring this important recommendation to a successful conclusion. Note that a previous recommendation, ITU-R F.1763, recommends the use of IEEE 802.16 in the fixed service.
Activities regarding IEEE's proposal to add 802.16-based IP-OFDMA to IMT-2000
IEEE 802.18 TAG Liaison Activities regarding IMT-Advanced
The Working Group cooperated with the IEEE 802.18 TAG in its efforts to develop a consolidated IEEE 802 position for a possible contribution to ITU-R WP 8F regarding IMT-Advanced technical requirements. Following two meetings organized by 802.18, the 802.16 Working Group submitted a liaison contribution to IEEE 802.18, proposing some procedural details and referencing an initial proposal that was developed with input from 802.16's Task Group m. The 802.16 Working Group approved a process to participate in 802.18 activities on this issue up to May 2007; see the Closing Report noted immediately below. The 802.18 TAG subsequently announced a schedule of Thursday conference calls; the 802.16 WG is therefore considering weekly conference calls on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
ITU-R Liaison Group Closing Report
The ITU-R Liaison Group prepared a Closing Report.

Other Liaison Activities

Working Group and IEEE 802 Issues

Future Meetings

Minutes and Motions
The Working Group minutes are available as IEEE 802.16-07/023.

IEEE 802 Executive Committee Actions
The Working Group's requests at the 802 LMSC Executive Committee meeting of 16 March were approved.

The Session #48 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.

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With the approval of the IEEE 802.16 Working Group, this report (16 April 2007 update) was drafted and edited by:

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

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