IEEE 802.16 Session #37

IEEE 802.16's Session #37 was held 2-5 May 2005 in Sorrento, Italy, near Napoli. The session was hosted by Giulio Cavalli of corporate host Siemens Communications. The decision to select this site was made on 19 November 2004 based on the host's site selection proposal and alternative proposals for Beijing and Taipei.

Summary and Key Outcomes
See the Session #37 Report.

Attendance
The attendance list includes 218 people.

Schedule
The session opened at 9 am on Monday morning and end on Thursday night. The schedule of meetings for the week shows the plans for Working Group and Task Group meetings The agendas of the various task groups were driven by input received in response to solicitations. For details on active projects, please see the Session #36 Report and the IEEE 802.16 Milestone Summary.

Registration
Click here for on-line registration. The registration fee was €220 for those registering on-line by the deadline of 4 April 2005 AOE. Afterwards, the fee climbed to €250. The registration fee was payable on-site by credit card.

On-line registration was mandatory. Session participation credit was not granted without it.

Meeting Site
Hilton Sorrento Palace
Via S. Antonio
13, Sorrento, Italy
Tel: +39 081 8784141
Fax: +39 081 8783933
Map and public information: http://www.hilton.com

The Hilton Sorrento Palace is a modern Hotel and Conference Centre with 380 rooms, recently refurbished, including 47 executive rooms and 4 Suites with a breathtaking view over the enchanting Bay of Naples. The Hotel offers the best of the Italian cuisine with banquet rooms from 30 up to 1000 people. The Conference Centre has 21 meeting rooms seating from 10 to 1500 people and 3400 square meters of exhibition area, provided with the most modern technical equipment. The Hotel also provides bar, restaurants, outdoor and indoor pools, tennis court, gym, a citrus garden and a private parking.

Charming Sorrento is a destination that offers an ideal combination of a very pleasant climate, superb facilities and a coastline of unsurpassed beauty. Whilst in Sorrento you will have the opportunity to explore the magical islands of Capri and Ischia, the breathtaking Amalfi Coast with picturesque villages as Positano and Ravello or extraordinary Pompei. The newly refurbished Hilton Sorrento Palace, overlooking the Bay of Naples with its majestic Mount Vesuvius, is surrounded by luxuriant gardens and citrus groves.

Hotel Reservations

The meeting takes place during the beginning of high spring season; therefore, please reserve your room as soon as possible! The cutoff date for hotel reservations through Siemens for special room rate as shown in the form is 25 April 2005. Please use the hotel reservation form; you can complete this form electronically and then email it to Mrs. Daniela Palomba - rm.sorrento@hilton.com. Booking can only be confirmed if all fields of this form are filled in. Accommodation fares are to be settled on checking out of the hotel.

For organizational reasons, please indicate ASAP any requirements for pre- or post-event weekend overnight accommodation. Since only a limited number of rooms are available over these weekends at Hotel Hilton Sorrento Palace, where the conference has to be held, we require timely booking if we are to meet your accommodation needs at the Hilton.

Please indicate in the hotel reservation form if you require airport transfer from and to Capodichino Airport of Naples. Shuttle bus service cost is € 15 each way per passenger. Participants' transfers fare are to be settled on checking out of the hotel.

Shuttle Schedule and Taxi (Napoli Airport to Hilton Sorrento Palace)
Shuttle service is only for those staying at the Hilton Sorrento Palace who have requested this service on their hotel reservation form. The hostess at the airport, who will display an IEEE 802.16 sign, has a complete list of the admitted people. If additional seats are available, other people registered for the session can also use the service.
30 April 2005
12.00 15.30 17.30 18.35 21.45
01 May 2005
12.00 15.30 17.30 18.40 22.00 23.15
02 May 2005
11.00 15.00 15.30 19.30

A taxi to Sorrento will cost ~€100-120 one way.

Return Shuttle (Hilton Sorrento Palace to Napoli Airport )
For return service on 5 and 6 May, reservations must be made during the session, but at least one day in advance.

How to reach Sorrento

AIRPORT
Capodichino Airport of Naples (Aeroporto Napoli Capodichino; code NAP) is 40 km - more or less 1 hour - away. See "Hotel Reservation" above for information on airport transfer.

TRAIN
From Rome Different connections per hour - journey of about 80 minutes - price ~€ 20.

From Napoli From the Station "Napoli Centrale" or "Piazza Garibaldi" - take the CIRCUMVESUVIANA line (every 30 minutes from 5:00 am to 10:30 pm from Naples to Sorrento) - journey of about 1 hour - price €3.50).

BUS
From Rome "Tiburtina" Station Departure at 3:00 pm (working days) and arrival in Sorrento Piazza Tasso at 6:45 pm - price €15.50 per person.

From Naples Airport (journey of about 1 hour) - price €6 per person.

From Sorrento Piazza Tasso to Hilton Sorrento Palace (journey of about 10 minutes) - price €1 per person.

MOTORWAY
From Rome Follow the A1 from Rome to Naples

From Naples Take the A3 motorway to Salerno. Exit CASTELLAMARE DI STABIA - SS 145 to Sorrento (more or less 70 minutes).

Visa
The host company, Siemens Mobile Communications Spa., will provide, on request the invitation letter for visa applications. To request a letter of invitation, download the invitation request form and send it via email or fax to Magda Salodini (fax: +39 02 2437 5407). Make your request as soon as possible to avoid disappointment in obtaining your visa in time for your trip.

You can find a list of countries whose citizens are subject to the visa obligation at http://www.esteri.it/eng/5_32_183.asp and http://www.esteri.it/visti/home_eng.asp. If your visa application asks for "Names, Address and Phone No. of Inviting Organization or Person in Italy," you may use the following:

Siemens Mobile Communications Spa
Viale Piero e Alberto Pirelli, 10
20126 Milano - Italy
Phone No.: +39 02 2437 5152

Currency
On 10 January 2005, 1 U.S. dollar was worth ~0.77 Euro. You can check the current exchange rate here.

Tourist information
A Tourist Desk Office will be permanently present at the Hilton Sorrento Palace during the whole session period, including pre- and post- sessionn weekends, to assist you in organizing tourist tours. Tours suggested: Costiera Amalfitana Tour - Pompei ruins - Capri isle.

Voltage
220V, 50Hz. Please be sure you have the correct adapter. Voltage converters will NOT be provided at the meeting.

Climate
The average temperature in May is 23C.


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