Our May 2002 meeting was held at the Wentworth Rydges Hotel, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
At the start of the meeting, the voting membership of 802.11 was 346 voting members, with 76 nearly voters, giving a potential voting membership of 422. There were 185 people present at the opening plenary session this week, with 26 new participants. The 802.11 committee wishes to thank Motorola for sponsoring the meeting, and Tourhosts PTY of Sydney for meeting planning and support.
Several Letter Ballots closed in the weeks preceding this meeting.These groups began the comment resolution process on these Letter Ballots.
The Working Group, together with 802.15, conducted Letter Ballot 34 on P802-15-2 Draft Recomended Practice, which closed May 1st. Task Group I conducted Letter Ballot 35 on P802.11i-D2.0, which closed May 4th Task Group H conducted Letter Ballot 36 on P802.11h-D2.0, which closed May 5th
Task group F did not meet, since they held an April interim meeting, and had started a recirculation ballot 38 of 802.11f-D3.1 on May 8th.
- Upcoming Interim meeting locations were discussed:
- September 2002 - Monterey, California, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey
- January 2003 - Ft Lauterdale, Florida
- May 2003 - Sophia Antipolis, France (at ETSI headquarters)
The reports for the individual task groups are linked below:
- Mika Kasslin presented document 02/249r1 on behalf of Roger Marks, chair of 802.16. This is regarding the 802.16a standard that overlaps spectrum with 802.11a. The discussion is on the necessary coexistence mechanims.
- TGh conducted straw polls on whether they should modify the PAR and scope of their work by deleting the words "in Europe", to indicate broader applicability. The group thought it was best to leave the wording as is, due to the amount of time needed to make changes to PAR and scope documents.
- The latest version of the 802.11 operating rules, document 01/331r3, were discussed. A number of issues with the rules were identified and presented as document 02/350r0. An Ad Hoc group continued to refine the rules during the week, based on this added input. An updated rules document 01/331r3.1 was put on the server on Friday, and the WG voted unanimously to send these rules out for a 40 day letter ballot for approval.
- The WG passed a motion unanimously to file a letter to the FCC on behalf of the IEEE, opposing the petition for reconsideration that was filed by the ARRL.
- The WG chair announced the formation of the sponsor ballot pool for the re-affirmation of the 802.11 standard prior to the consolidation of all outstanding amendments (802.11a, b, b-cor1, and d) into a new published standard document. Members are encouraged to join the sponsor pool at the IEEE SA web site.
- Task Group E continued to resolve comments, and created a new draft containing all comment resolutions from LB30. The WG passed a motion (74: 1: 14) to send the new draft 802.11e-D3.0 for a letter ballot.
- Task Group F did not meet.
- Task Group G continued comment resolution and will issue a revised draft containing the resolutions accepted through this meeting. A new letter ballot was not issued.
- Task Group H started comment resolution from LB 36, and issued a revised draft containing the resolutions accepted through this meeting. A new letter ballot was not issued. TGh hopes to conduct a recirculation ballot in July if enough votes can be reversed.
- Task Group I started resolving comments from LB 35. Dave Halasz, the chair of TGi, was appointed the liaison with IEEE 802.1. A new letter ballot was not issued.
- The Wireless Next Generation Standing Committee (WNG) moved to form a new study group, called Radio Resources Measurements. This motion passed in the working group 72 : 12 : 17
- The Wireless Next Generation Standing Committee (WNG) moved to form a new study group, called the High Throughput Study Group (HTSG). This motion passed in the working group 80 : 1 : 16
- The primary objection to the formation of new study groups was that there are already too many task groups running concurrently, and the WG is overextended as it is.
- The WG formed an "Assigned Numbers Authority" to handle the issue of multiple task groups selecting unique numbers for element IDs, actions codes, and capabilities information bits in their drafts. There was some concern that this would result in changes to the numbering of existing drafts that are in the letter ballot process. The motion passed 64:8:8, and the WG chair and CAC will discuss the matter further.
- The WG passed a motion to file document 005r0_IEEE_802_Cmts_02_98.doc with the FCC.
Project 802.11e, MAC Enhancements for Quality of Service Project 802.11f, IAPP Inter Access Point Protocol Project 802.11g, Higher Rate Extension to 802.11b Project 802.11h, SMa - Spectrum Managed 802.11a Project 802.11i, MAC Enhancements for Security WNG, Wireless LAN Next Generation Standing Committee Publicity, Ad Hoc Group 802.18 Regulatory TAG
The next meeting of 802.11 will take place at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver,
Vancouver, BC, Canada, the week of July 8 - 12, 2002. See
802.11 Meeting Plan for details.
USEFUL LINKS TO OTHER SITES:
IEEE P802.11 WLANs RELATED
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