IEEE 802.16 Session #53

IEEE 802.16's Session #53 was held on 21-24 January 2008 at the Hullu Poro in Levi, Finland. This was an Interim Session of the Working Group. The Member Host was Carl Eklund, with Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks as Corporate Hosts. The site was selected during Session #48 in March 2007 based on the proposal to host session #53 in Levi, Finland.

Summary and Key Outcomes
304 people attended the session. For full details of the activities, see the Session #53 Report.

Meeting Schedule
The draft meeting schedule is available. The Opening Plenary started at 2 PM, enabling people to fly in on Monday morning. The Closing Plenary took place on Thursday evening.

The Session #53 Document Guide includes references to all session documents.

A block of rooms have been reserved until 3 December for the delegates. Resevations after that date are subject to availability. All accommodations mentioned below are within a short walking distance of the meeting venue.

For more details and prices, see the hotel decription information.

Group hotel reservations may only be requested using the Session #53 Meeting Registration and Hotel Booking Form (see below). Detailed booking conditions are available.

The registration fee is €120 until 3 December 2007 and €150 afterwards. Complete the Session #53 Meeting Registration and Hotel Form and send it by email or fax to Katja Rauhala. You can pay using any of the major credit cards. If you need to modify your registration or have questions concerning Levi, please contact Katja Rauhala.

Wednesday Social Event
Registrants are invited to a social event on the evening of Wednesday 23 January 2008. More information about the social event will follow.

Flying in
You will be arriving at Kittilä Airport (KTT). A transfer bus runs between the airport and Levi. The bus ride costs €5.50 and takes 15 minutes. Alternatively you can fly in to Rovaniemi (RVA) , and take a two hour car or taxi ride from Rovaniemi to Levi. Finnair provides twice-daily flights (and more on weekends) between Kittilä and Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport (HEL). Blue1 also offers KTT/HEL flights on Sundays and Thursdays.

Rental Cars
Rental cars are available at Kittilä and Rovaniemi airports. The hotels in Levi are all within a within a short walking distance from each other so you should not need one.

Finland is a member of the EU and has entered the Schengen agreement. To see whether you need a visa to enter Finland, please refer to this information. The host will provide, on request, an invitation letter for visa applications. Please contact Marit Feldt to receive one. Include the information listed on the visa informaton form.

The average temperature in Levi in January is about -15°C. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Finland, -51.5°C, was recorded 28 January 1999 not far from the meeting venue.

Tourist information
Levi is a round-the-year activity resort and the biggest ski resort in Finland. Levi is located in the Fell Lapland, in the middle of pure nature and large wilderness areas. Levi Fell village is actually a small holiday town, offering a wide range of first-rate services to its guests.

Levi was the site of 802.16's Session #17. Click for photos.

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