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

I Approve.           ...Robert D. Love
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From: Jim Carlo <>
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Sent: Wednesday, December 20, 2000 6:05 AM
Subject: +++ 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
> License-Exempt Bands".
> New IEEE WirelessHUMANTM Project Developing Standards for Fixed Wireless
> Access in License-Exempt Bands
> Contact:
>    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
> Inc. (IEEE) Standards Association has approved the WirelessHUMANTM
> High-Speed Unlicensed Metropolitan Area Networks) project, a new
> within the IEEE 802.16 Working
> Group on Broadband Wireless Access. IEEE 802.16 created its Task Group 4
> 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,
> WirelessHUMANTM  standard will be based on modifications of the IEEE
> 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
> rapidly growing 5-6 GHz industry segment," said Dr. Durga Satapathy of
> Sprint, Chair of the WirelessHUMANTM Task Group and of the predecessor
> 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
> 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
> 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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