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IEEE P1901 Draft Standard for Broadband over Power Line Networks: Medium Access Control and Physical Layer Specifications

Report on the meeting held in Fukuoka, Japan, on 5-6 March 2008

CEPCA, UPA and HomePlug Powerline Alliance presented the status of progress of the two last surviving proposals for the Coexistence cluster of requirements. The two proposals were very close but no official merge of the two proposals was achieved. An elimination vote was held in the meeting. As a result, a single proposal remains for consideration for the confirmation vote (see the results of voting and down selection process).

For the In-Home and Access clusters, proposals are still being improved in anticipation of the confirmation votes.

The working group decided to set a time-line for the next steps. The confirmation votes on the three clusters of requirements, In-Home, Access and Coexistence, will be held no later than 11 July 2008. In the meantime, HomePlug Powerline Alliance and Panasonic will provide updated proposals to the working group membership every month from mid-April (mid-April, mid-May and mid-June).

The meeting to be held in Madrid in April is cancelled. The next meeting is scheduled for 8-11 July in South Beach Miami, FL, USA. The Madrid location will be the site of the September meeting.

The development of the process for moving from the baseline draft standard to the IEEE Standards Sponsor ballot (post-down-selection process) is progressing. A draft was circulated for comment within the working group. The received comments will be addressed and a revised document will be proposed for approval in the July meeting.

Jean-Philippe Faure
IEEE P1901 Chair

Reports on previous meetings:

Boston, MA, USA, 15-18 October 2007

San Diego, CA, USA, 11 December 2007

IEEE P1901 milestones

June 2005 - PAR approved
November 2005 - Adoption of the general work flow - Formation of a sub-group to develop unified requirements
January 2006 - Approval of the use cases - Decision to split the requirements into three clusters: In-Home, Access and Coexistence/Interoperability
March 2006 - Approval of the down selection process to achieve the baseline of the standard - Approval of the description of topologies.
September 2006 - Approval of the channel and noise models.
February 2007 - Approval of 400 requirements split into three clusters: access, in-home and coexistence - Calls for technical proposals
June 2007 - 12 proposals received; 4 proposals per cluster of requirements
July 2007 - 11 proposals passed the low hurdle vote; 4 in-home proposals, 4 access proposals and 3 coexistence proposals
September 2007 - Only two proposals per cluster remain for consideration after voluntary mergers.
October 2007 - One in-home proposal and one access proposal remain as candidates for confirmation after the first round of elimination voting.
March 2008 - A single coexistence proposal remains as candidate for confirmation after the last round of elimination voting.

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