This standard enables rapid worldwide deployment of innovative, cost-effective, and interoperable multivendor broadband wireless access products, facilitates competition in broadband access by providing alternatives to wireline broadband access, encourages consistent worldwide spectrum allocation, and accelerates the commercialization of broadband wireless access systems.This project will develop an amendment specifying enhancements to the WirelessMAN-OFDMA air interface for effective use in wireless fixed and nomadic Ethernet transport, including small cell backhaul applications, providing core network services to radio access networks. It will focus on backhaul operating in licensed bands below 6 GHz, in which the backhaul radio operates far enough outside the band of the small cells that interference is negligible. It will add 256QAM, 512QAM, and 1024QAM options in both uplink and downlink, with optional 4x4 MIMO in both directions, along with further enhancements that address small cell backhaul efficiency. Significant latency improvements will be attained. Enhancements to the Convergence Sublayer specifications will be incorporated as necessary for support of Carrier Ethernet 2.0 backhaul requirements. The functionalities required for small cell backhaul support, including new functionalities but not necessarily all those included the baseline standard, will be specified explicitly.
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