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Dear 802.11 participants,
I trust you all managed to get home,
eventually, storms notwithstanding.
I participated in the EC workshop on Friday
and Saturday after the 802.11
closing plenary, as did a number of 802.11
I thought I’d give a quick heads-up about
some relevant topics.
On the Matter of 5G and IMT-2020, the EC
tentatively agreed (subject to ballot confirmation) to
form an EC standing committee:
provide a report on the following items to the EC:
and benefits of creating an IEEE 5G specification
and benefits of providing a proposal for IMT-2020,
considering possible models of a proposal:
set of technologies,
one or more technologies within a proposal from
external bodies (e.g., 3GPP)
its lifetime, to act as the communication point
with other IEEE organizations on this topic.
committee is chartered for 6 months (i.e., due July
2016 at the 802 plenary) as an EC SC (type 2). Any
802 WG voting member may participate as a voting
member of the committee.
802.11 folks who want to see this happen
should expect to participate in this activity.
On the Motion approved in the WG on Friday:
interest expressed during the IEEE 802.11 WNG
meeting on 19 January 2016 in the IMT-2020
activity, IEEE 802.11 WG recommends to IEEE 802 EC
that a liaison be sent to ITU-R WP5D indicating that
IEEE 802 is interested in participating in the
I’m expecting Joseph/Andrew/Juan-Carlos to
produce a draft liaison letter. But I do note from the
discussion in the EC:
We are a sector member of
ITU-R, so this would be a bit like one of our subgroups
sending a liaison to the EC.
All communications to ITU-R go
through the IEEE’s rep Mike Lynch, who is there is ensure
consistency of message across the IEEE.
A process is being set up in
IEEE to coordinate across groups attempting to provide
solutions for 5G.
Roger Marks indicates there is
no particular hurry to deliver this message.
Based on that discussion, I expect a
request to approve a liaison will fail. Notwithstanding that
I will ask for an EC letter ballot once the
letter becomes available.
The radio-regulatory organization was
discussed in detail and at length. The EC tentatively
To retain 802.18 as a
To give it a new
To limit it to two
meetings in fixed slots, one of which is Monday pm1. This
should enable members of other groups to gain voting
membership in .18 fairly quickly.
To expect to do much of
the work in ad-hocs in collaboration with WGs as necessary.
The EC discussed ways of improving the
attendance system at length. The consensus view of the EC,
their recommendation to me was to make no
changes in the way I am handling attendance.
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