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

I approve.


At 22:43 20/12/00 -0800, Roger B. Marks wrote:

>>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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