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IEEE Standard 802.16: A Technical Overview of the WirelessMANTM Air Interface for Broadband Wireless Access



Carl Eklund, Roger Marks, K. L. Stanwood, S X. Wang


The broadband wireless access industry, which provides high-rate network connections to stationary sites, has matured to the point at which it now has a standard for second-generation wireless metropolitan area networks. IEEE Standard 802.16, with its WirelessMANTM air interface, sets the stage for widespread and effective deployments worldwide. This paper overviews the technical medium-access control and physical layer features of this new standard.
IEEE Communications Magazine


broadband wireless access, internet, local area networks, metropolitan area networks, standards, wireless communications


Eklund, C. , Marks, R. , Stanwood, K. and Wang, S. (2002), IEEE Standard 802.16: A Technical Overview of the WirelessMAN<sup>TM</sup> Air Interface for Broadband Wireless Access, IEEE Communications Magazine, [online], (Accessed June 19, 2024)


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Created May 31, 2002, Updated October 12, 2021