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Re: +++ BALLOT: Authorize news release for 802.16



>Issue Date: 20Dec2000 Closing Date: 4Jan2000
>Moved By: Roger Marks
>Move: Authorize (In Principa) IEEE News Release Entitled "New IEEE
>WirelessHUMAN(TM) Project Developing Standards for Fixed Wireless Access in
>License-Exempt Bands".
>New IEEE WirelessHUMANTM Project Developing Standards for Fixed Wireless
>Access in License-Exempt Bands
>    Roger Marks, NIST, +1 303 497 3037 Voice,
>    Durga P. Satapathy, +1 913 534-6338 Voice,
>    Dean Chang, +1 408 719 9977 Voice,
>    Karen McCabe, Standards Mktg. Mgr., +1 732 562 3824 Voice,
>The Standards Board of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers,
>Inc. (IEEE) Standards Association has approved the WirelessHUMANTM (Wireless
>High-Speed Unlicensed Metropolitan Area Networks) project, a new initiative
>within the IEEE 802.16 Working
>Group on Broadband Wireless Access. IEEE 802.16 created its Task Group 4 to
>draft the air interface standard, which will address the explosive growth
>market of providing data services in license-exempt spectrum. The primary
>focus is on 5-6 GHz.
>"This huge new market opportunity demands standardization," said 802.16
>Chair Roger Marks. "Because of the special considerations of unlicensed
>spectrum, we needed to establish a project separate from our existing work
>on metropolitan area network standards in the licensed bands. Our previous
>success will provide an excellent baseline. We welcome new participants to
>our open process."
>To facilitate early standardization of the license-exempt MAN industry, the
>WirelessHUMANTM  standard will be based on modifications of the IEEE 802.16
>medium access control layer, while
>the physical layer will be based on the OFDM mechanism of IEEE 802.11a and
>similar standards. "The WirelessHUMANTM  standard represents a significant
>opportunity for the unlicensed metropolitan area network industry. Timely
>availability of this standard will considerably improve the benefits of
>standardization for the unlicensed industry, especially for the nascent but
>rapidly growing 5-6 GHz industry segment," said Dr. Durga Satapathy of
>Sprint, Chair of the WirelessHUMANTM Task Group and of the predecessor study
>group that developed the project plan. Acting quickly, the Task Group has
>already issued a public Call for Contributions.
>About IEEE 802.16
>The IEEE 802.16 Working Group on Broadband Wireless Access is creating the
>IEEE 802.16 family of WirelessMAN Standards for Wireless Metropolitan Area
>Networks. With 134 members and over 40
>official observers, IEEE 802.16 operates in an open process to develop
>accredited air interface standards and recommended practices for global use.
>Meeting bimonthly, 802.16 has a record of rapidly reaching technical
>consensus. IEEE 802.16's standards set the stage for a revolution in
>reliable, high-speed network access in the first mile by homes and
>enterprises. For details, see
>About the IEEE Standards Association
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