The WiMAX Forum® organizes its technical activities through a number of Working Groups coordinated by a Technical Steering Committee. The primary function of the technical activities is to develop the technical specifications underlying WiMAX Forum Certified® products.
Technical Steering Committee (TSC)
Charter: The Technical Steering Committee (TSC) is chartered to oversee the non-Advisory Working Groups and the development of WiMAX Forum technical specifications and certification procedures to ensure an integrated, timely, and predictable technical program with broad membership support. It shall:
- Ensure the consistency of Working Group activities and outputs;
- Ensure that technical planning, specification, and certification is broad-based, representing the Principal Membership and driving the ecosystem; and
- Promote broad acceptance of roadmaps and decisions by the WiMAX Forum Membership.
- Chair: Rich Hawkins, WiMAX Forum
Service Provider Working Group (SPWG)
Charter: Provide coordinated input from service providers to other working groups and the WiMAX Forum Board. Participation is open to all WiMAX Forum members. The Service Provider Working Group is the single source for coordinated recommendations and requirements that drive the network and air interface specifications for WiMAX networks and products.
- Chair: Chungwoo Hwang, KT
- Vice Chair: Sunil Prasid, YTL
Smart Grid Working Group (SGWG)
Charter: The Smart Grid Working Group acts as a focal point for Utility interest in WIMAX as a technology for Smart Grid Applications, and will promote WiMAX as the premiere technology for Smart Grid Applications on a global basis by defining utility requirements and technology profiles that drive the network and air interface specifications and certification for WiMAX networks and products to ensure the development of a healthy eco-system of interoperable Smart Grid centric product solutions. SGWG provides coordinated input from the Utility Industry to other Working Groups and the WiMAX Forum Board. Participation is open to all WiMAX Forum Members. SGWG is the single source for coordinated recommendations and requirements that drive WiMAX Specifications. SGWG provides marketing support to position WiMAX in the Utility Industry and maximize participation in this market segment.
- Interim Chair: Declan Byrne, WiMAX Forum
- First Vice Chair: Paul Senior, Airspan
- Second Vice Chair: Vacant
Aviation Working Group (AWG)
Charter: The Aviation Working Group acts as a focal point for Worldwide Aviation Industry interest in WIMAX as a technology for Aviation Applications, and will promote WiMAX as the premiere technology for Aviation Applications on a global basis. To define requirements and technology profiles that drive network and air interface specifications and certification for WiMAX networks and products to ensure the development of a healthy eco-system of “off the shelf” end to end interoperable Aviation centric product solutions. This provides a formal platform and method for the Aviation Industry to communicate with and provide input into the various WiMAX Forum Technical Working Groups, WiMAX Forum Marketing and WiMAX Forum Board of Directors.
The formation and activities of this group are reviewed and coordinated by the following organizations: Eurocontrol, EuroCAE, Federal Aviation Administration and RTCA
- Interim Chair: Jeremy Brewer, WiMAX Forum
- First Vice Chair: Toshiro Suzuki, Hitachi
- Second Vice Chair: Vacant
Network Working Group (NWG)
Charter: Create end-to-end networking and network interoperability (NWIOT) specifications for fixed, nomadic, portable and mobile WiMAX systems, beyond what is defined in the scope of IEEE 802.16. The specifications shall be based on harmonized requirements delivered by the Service Provider Working Group and requirements from other organizations as deemed appropriate.
- Interim Chair: Gordon Antonello, WiMAX Forum
- First Vice Chair: Vacant
Technical Working Group (TWG)
Charter: Develop technical product specifications and certification test suites for the air interface based on the OFDMA PHY, complementary to the IEEE 802.16 standards, primarily for the purpose of interoperability and certification of mobile stations, subscriber stations and base stations conforming to the IEEE 802.16 standards.
- Chair: Vladimir Yanover, Alvarion
- Vice Chair: Seho Kim, Samsung
Certification Working Group (CWG)
Charter: Manage the WiMAX Forum Certification Program through the selection and oversight of certification test labs, the evaluation of testing options and the integration of key Technical Working Group System Profiles, PICS and TSS & TP deliverables to ensure that products are certified under the highest ethical and technical standards.
- Chair: Nader Zein, NEC
- First Vice Chair: Wasuke Sato, UQC
Global Roaming Working Group (GRWG)
Charter: Assure availability of global roaming service for WiMAX technology in a timely manner as demanded by the marketplace.
- Chair: Sang Ho Ough, KT
- Vice Chair: Vacant
Marketing Working Group (MWG)
- Chair: Declan Byrne, WiMAX Forum
Regulatory Working Group
Charter: Promote worldwide access to spectrum “fit for purpose” for WiMAX Forum Certified systems with sufficient harmonization of frequency ranges to facilitate significant economies of scale; and encourage adoption of appropriate regulatory frameworks based on principles of technology and service neutrality, allowing service providers to deploy the most appropriate solutions for their markets. To achieve these goals, RWG is the central authority within the WiMAX Forum on spectrum and regulatory matters.
- Chair: Jayne Stancavage, Intel
- Vice Chair: Barry Lewis, Samsung
- Secretary: Peter Gibson, Intel