IEEE 802.16 Session #81 Report


Session #81 Overview

IEEE 802.16's Session #81 was held on 17-20 September 2012 in Indian Wells, CA, USA. This Working Group (WG) interim session was co-located with the IEEE 802 Wireless Interim. The attendance list includes 24 individuals.

Pre-Session News: Pubication of Standards

IEEE Std 802.16-2012, the new revision of the base IEEE 802.16 standard, was pubished on 2012-08-17. IEEE Std 802.16.1-2012, which specifies the IMT-Advanced air interface known as "WirelessMAN-Advanced," was published on 2012-09-07. Per the current IEEE-SA offer on IEEE 802 standards, both are available for $5.

Pre-Session News: Approval of Machine-to-Machine Amendments

IEEE Std 802.16p-2012 and IEEE Std 802.16.1b-2012 was approved by the IEEE-SA Standards Board on 2012-08-30. These amendments add machine-to-machine specifications to the two newly-published base standards. Publication of the amendments is expected in October.

Pre-Session News: New Projects

On 2012-08-30, the IEEE-SA Standards Board authorized initiation of two new projects:

Pre-Session News: Officers

Tim Godfrey began service as Working Group Treasurer on 31 August.

HetNet Study Group

The IEEE 802.16 WG Study Group (SG) on the WirelessMAN Radio Interface in Heterogeneous Networks (HetNet Study Group) met for the third time. It addressed three separate topics: The Study Group issued a closing report and minutes .

Metrology Study Group

Following 30 August approval of the new Project P802.16.3, to develop a new standalone standard (independent of air interface technology) on Mobile Broadband Network Performance Measurements, the Applications and Requirements draft was updated and a Call for Contributions was issued. The WG responded to a statement from the Broadband Forum with a reply soliciting views on applications and requirements. The WG also requested comments from the IETF. The WG developed a statement to be delivered to the FCC regarding the FCC's new program on the measurement of mobile broadband service performance. Per IEEE 802 procedures, the draft statement is under review by the IEEE 802 Executive Committee prior to distribution. The Metrology Study Group issued a closing report and minutes.

GRIDMAN Task Group

The Working Group's GRIDMAN Task Group resolved comments received during the IEEE-SA Sponsor Ballot of drafts P802.16n and IEEE P802.16.1a. In each case, Sponsor Ballot recirculation will be conducted, closing prior to Session #82. The TG issued a closing report and minutes.

ITU-R Liaison Group

The ITU-R Liaison Group drafted two contributions to ITU-R Working Party 5D (WP 5D), one related to sharing studies and another related to Rec. IMT-R M.2039. Once approved within the IEEE-SA process, both documents may be submitted to ITU-R Working Party 5D Meeting #14 in October. The group issued a closing report

Project Planning Committee

The WG's Project Planning Committee met for two periods during Session #81. It confirmed the IEEE 802.16 Ballot Schedules. The committee reviewed input contributions on direct mobile communication for proximity-based applications. The Committee issued a closing report.

Future Sessions

Working Group Minutes

The draft Working Group Session #81 Minutes are posted.

IEEE 802 Executive Committee Actions

Three Working Group statements to external organizations were agreed within the IEEE 802.18 TAG and were sent to the 802 LMSC Executive Committee meeting for five-day review prior to distribution.


The Session #81 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® Standards 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.

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This report (24 September 2012) is by:

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

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