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Dear EC colleagues, This is to inform you that I expect to be initiating, within the next few days, a ten-day EC email ballot to approve a liaison statement to ITU-R. This liaison is in response to two liaison statements received 6 June from ITU-R WP8F. Those liaisons informed IEEE that WP8F has drafted revisions to ITU-R Recommendation M.1457 that would add a sixth terrestrial radio interface based on IEEE 802.16 to IMT-2000. ITU-R has asked for IEEE's assent to the results. All of this is a result of our November, 2006 plenary having submitted an input to WP8F that proposed adding the IEEE Std 802.16 to the ITU-R definition of "IMT-2000". I have attached the two liaisons from WP8F. <<593final.doc>> <<594v2final.doc>> The ITU has issued a press release on the outcome <http://itu.int/newsroom/press_releases/2007/12.html>. In my role as the IEEE SA liaison to ITU-R I attended the WP 8F meeting of 23-31 May in Kyoto, where the revised draft recommendation was developed. There was very strong international support for this new radio interface with many administrations submitting supportive statements and advocating for adoption of the new sixth radio interface as soon as possible. The WP 8F draft new recommendation will go to ITU-R Study Group 8 for consideration at their 25-26 June meeting in Geneva. The liaison statements suggest a response from IEEE by 18 June. However, contact with ITU-R staff has indicated that a response by 21 June will be acceptable. The IEEE 802.16 Working Group is currently conducting a 15-day WG letter ballot, closing on 21 June, regarding a draft response to ITU- R. You can see the details here: <http://ieee802.org/16/ballots/ballot27/report27.html>. That page includes a link to the proposed response to the ITU-R liaisons. Links to the three draft recommendations are also available on that page. Due to ITU restrictions, these materials are protected by the 802.16 WG username and password. They will provided to EC members upon request. The RR-TAG will also review the liaison response. Due to the time constraints I will be adding this to the agenda of the already scheduled 12 June conference call. I would prefer to hold the EC ballot after the 802.16 ballot closes. However, due to the required response date to ITU-R that is not possible. Hence I intend to ask for the EC ballot to take place during the 802.16 ballot. In order to be certain that the motion does not proceed without 802.16 support it will be conditional upon approval of the liaison statement by the 802.16 WG. It should be noted that as of this morning (Friday, 8 June) the 802.16 ballot results were 129/1/4 with a return ration of over 50%. Regards, Mike +1 972 684 7518 (ESN 444 7518) Voice +1 972 684 3774 (ESN 444 3775) FAX +1 972 814 4901 (ESN 450 9401) Mobile ---------- This email is sent from the 802 Executive Committee email reflector. This list is maintained by Listserv.