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New IEEE 802 Working Groups

fyi. Jim Carlo

The IEEE 802 LMSC has formed two new working groups:

P 802.15 Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPAN) - This effort will focus on the
development of standards for wireless networking of portable and mobile
computing devices such as PCs, PDAs, peripherals, cell phones, pagers and
consumer electronics allowing these devices to communicate and interoperate
with one another. The goal is to create standards that have broad market
applicability and deal effectively with the issues of coexistence and
interoperability with other wireless networking solutions. For more information
contact Bob Heile (617-873-4835 Voice, or view the WEB page at

P 802.16 Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) - This effort willl consider the
standardization of fixed broadband wireless access systems, concentrating on
those operating in licensed spectrum near 30 GHz but intended to be broadly
applicable from 10 to 66 GHz. The goals, developed by a study group involving
97 people from over 70 companies, include both an air interface and a
coexistence specification. The result is expected to bring numerous
manufacturing advantages to an industry with the potential to compete
successfully with wired alternatives offering broadband access to data, voice,
and video. For full details, contact Roger Marks ( or see the
group's web site at