IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) and the IEEE 802.16™ Working Group (WG) announces a Call for Participation to develop IEEE P802.16.3™ IEEE Standard for Mobile Broadband Network Performance Measurements.
End users of broadband mobile networks, including individuals and enterprises, lack reliable, comparable data on which to base their assessments of network performance. Mobile network-based application service providers also require end-to-end measurements in order to optimize application performance. The IEEE 802.16 WG on Broadband Wireless Access Standards is developing the IEEE P802.16.3 on Mobile Broadband Network Performance Measurements in order to address the requirements of users such as these, and other potential users as well.
The resulting IEEE 802.16.3™ standard will specify procedures for characterizing the performance of mobile broadband networks from a user perspective. It will specify metrics and test procedures as well as communication protocols and data formats allowing a network-based server to coordinate and manage test operation and data collection. Ultimately, the standard will provide a framework for characterizing and assessing the performance of various mobile broadband networks. The project anticipates that improved knowledge of system performance will lead the market toward more effective networks and therefore encourage the redeployment of scarce spectrum using the most efficient technologies and implementations.
The project is intended to meet the needs of a wide variety of stakeholders. The IEEE 802.16 Working Group is particularly seeking to engage technical experts from the following perspectives:
• enterprise information technology departments
• cell tower operators
• wireless carriers
• wireless ISPs
• mobile device designers and vendors
• mobile cloud-based application and content providers
• privacy and security experts
• governmental policy makers
The project has historically been conducted only at face-to-face meetings of the IEEE 802.16 Working Group. However, in order to expand the opportunities for participation, it is moving to focus on an electronic-based process that will allow participation without travel.
Contact Roger B. Marks, IEEE 802.16 Working Group Chair, for information on how to participate in this project.
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