IEEE 802.16 Session #59

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IEEE 802.16's Session #59 was held on 12-15 January 2009 in the La Jolla community of San Diego, CA, USA. This was an Interim Session of the Working Group. The session was hosted by Lei Wang, with NextWave Wireless Inc. as Corporate Host. The venue was determined during Session #57 based on a proposal and presentation.

310 people registered for and attended the session. For full details of the activities, see the Session #59 Report.

Session #59 Portal for Logistical and Organizational Details
The key logistical and organizational information for Session #59 is available at the Session #59 Portal. Please refer to it often! The portal includes a summary Meeting Information Update (#2: 3 December).

Meeting Schedule
The session begins Monday at 1 pm and closes Thursday evening. The draft meeting schedule is posted, but adjustments will be made as a result of the extent of input materials for the various activities. Also, meetings will be scheduled to address some new topics raised at Session #58:

The session was held at the:
   Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
   3777 La Jolla Village Drive
   San Diego, California 92122 USA
   Tel: +1 858 552 1234 | Fax: +1 858 552 6066

Hotel reservations are available online or via telephone, using the group booking code g-IEEE. The hotel cutoff date for our group discount rate is 22 December [extended until 30 December]. The group room rate of $179 (plus tax of ~12.5%) is an outstanding rate for this season, particularly at this 4-Diamond hotel designed by Michael Graves. The rate is available from 3-25 January. Rates for Business Plan rooms, Regency Club rooms, and suites have been negotiated and are available through online reservations. All rooms are limited and may sell out prior to the cutoff date, so please act quickly to ensure that you have an on-site room!

exclamationFor full details on the hotel and reservations, see the Session #59 Portal.

Session Registration
The registration fee is US$300 until 22 December 2008 at 6 pm PST [deadline has passed] and $US400 afterwards. On-site registration will be available, but advance registration using the web is strongly encouraged. Registration is expected to open by 25 November 2008.

exclamationRegister now at the Session #59 Portal.

Flying in
We recommended that you fly into San Diego International Airport (SAN), which is 22 km (14 miles) from the hotel and has nonstop flights to many North Americian cities (including Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Bellingham, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, El Paso, Honolulu, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Newark, Oakland, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Reno, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, St. Louis, Toronto, Tucson, Vancouver, and Washington). You may also consider other airports in Southern California. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is 112 miles from the hotel.

Ground transportation
Cloud 9 Super Shuttle serves the hotel for $15 each way from San Diego International Airport. Other shuttle services are also available, as are taxi service and on-site rental cars.

Entry/Visa Requirements

Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring a Wi-Fi enabled laptop computer to participate in discussions and access documents. For purposes of establishing session participation, which affects Working Group membership, attendance will be taken by electronic means. Access to a local server and to the Internet will be provided by IEEE 802.11a/b/g wireless LAN.

San Diego Restaurant Week
The week of 11-16 January is designated as San Diego Restaurant Week, when over 150 of the city's best restaurants offer a three-course dinner for $20, $30 or $40 per person. You can search the site by neighborhood, so make sure to what what's available in La Jolla. You'll find some outstanding options! Also consider the North County Coastal region to the North.

The currency is the US dollar ($), which was valued at approximately 0.79 Euro on 18 Nov 2008.

Electricity is approximately 120 VAC, 60 Hz. Sockets are Type A or B. Power supplies will be available to participants throughout the session.

In San Diego during January, the average daily high temperature is 19C (66F), and the average daily low is 9C (49F). Rainfall averages around 5 cm total for the month of January.

Tourist information
San Diego is a very popular tourist destination with vast natural beauty and man-made entertainment. According to the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau, San Diego, California's second largest city, is "where blue skies keep watch on 70 miles of beaches and a gentle Mediterranean climate begs for a day of everything and nothing. Bordered by Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains, San Diego county's 4,200 square miles offer immense options for business and pleasure."

The meeting takes place in the San Diego community of La Jolla. According to, the village is described as "Fine dining restaurants perched atop La Jolla's jagged cliffs. Boutique-lined streets, gemmed with art, gifts, and other shopping destinations. Indulgent soft sand beaches, with year-round vacation sunshine and the Pacific Ocean's watercolor sunsets. From the village to the cove, La Jolla truly is the jewel of Southern California."

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