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Introduction and Need: 

Mission critical entities have a strong preference for private, licensed networks for their data communications needs. Licensed channels from 5 kHz to 1 MHz may be available from the FCC and other regulators or may be purchased in secondary markets at a lower cost than commercial channels. Examples of operating frequencies include 160 MHz, 450 MHz, 700 MHz, and 900 MHz. Furthermore, VHF/UHF channels have superior propagation characteristics requiring less infrastructure and are capable of meeting capacity needs of private networks. The amendment facilitates the development of innovative, cost-effective, and interoperable multivendor products for private licensed wireless access systems for mission critical networks. Applications include smart grids supporting generation, transmission, and distribution; field area networks; smart fields and smart pipes for oil and gas; intelligent transportation for rail systems; and federal, state and local uses for homeland security, environmental and seismic monitoring and military communications.

Scope:

This project specifies Time Division Duplexing (TDD) operation in licensed spectrum with channel bandwidths greater than or equal to 5 kHz and less than 100 kHz. The project will specify a new PHY, and changes to the MAC as necessary to support the PHY. The amendment is frequency independent but focuses on spectrum less than 2 GHz. The range and data rate supported by the narrower channels are commensurate with those of the base standard, as scaled by the reduced channel bandwidth. The project also amends IEEE Std 802.16 as required to support aggregated operation in adjacent and non-adjacent channels.

Call for Contributions (February 2020)

The IEEE 802.15.16t Task Group is developing an amendment to 802.16-2017. Project 802.16t “Amendment - Fixed and Mobile Wireless Access in Narrowband Channels”

This project specifies operation in licensed spectrum with channel bandwidths greater than or equal to 5 kHz and less than 100 kHz. A new PHY will be specified, with changes to the MAC as necessary. The amendment is frequency independent but focuses on spectrum less than 2 GHz. Aggregated operation in adjacent and non-adjacent channels will be supported.

This Call for Contributions solicits input documentation toward the development the amendment.

Contributions are sought on the following topics;

  • Presentations on use cases, scenarios, and applications   
  • Contributions toward the System Requirements Document

Please use document IEEE 802.15-20-0070r0 as a template to describe your use cases.

The next meeting of P802.16t is March 15-20, 2020, Hilton Atlanta, Atlanta Georgia, USA, 802 Plenary Session. The 802.16t task group will meet on Tuesday through Thursday.

The deadline for contributions to be considered the March 2020 plenary meeting is Friday, 13 March 2020, AOE (Anywhere On Earth)

Documents should be uploaded to Mentor, to the TG16t task group.

For more information contact the TG16t chair Tim Godfrey tim.godfrey@ieee.org

The minutes of the January 2020 session are available in document IEEE 802.15-20-0067r0


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  • Chairman: Tim Godfrey
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