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November 2019



Dear Respected Colleagues,

The WiMAX Forum with the collaboration and participation of its Board of Directors, Member Companies, Working Group Representatives, and industry leaders continues in a fast pace producing important work to increase awareness, support and advance the Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communication System (AeroMACS), WiGRID, and the WiMAX technology. We have much going on, which we feel is directly relevant and value-added to our Members and industry.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in June to adopt a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing service rules for AeroMACS. Many of the proposals included in the NPRM are based on industry-consensus proposals the WiMAX Forum filed with the FCC in 2017 and will help ensure timely deployment and enable broadband communications capability to support airport surface operations. The NPRM proposes specific technical and licensing rules that are required before commercial AeroMACS operations can become routine at U.S. airports.

To foster a prosperous environment and future for the WiMAX ecosystem, the WiMAX Forum with the participation of our Member Companies will host, attend, and participate globally with speakers in key industry events. Our focus has been to share key lessons, concrete knowledge, and work together for the benefit of the industry.

Last month, at the ATCA Annual Conference and Exposition, WiMAX Forum President, Declan Byrne hosted a presentation on the latest AeroMACS developments. The presentation included information on worldwide deployments, current applications, successful implementations, FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and other details. Also, last month an Open Day for the SESAR 2020 PJ.14 EECNS (Essential and Efficient Communication, Navigation and Surveillance Integrated System) communication solutions was held at EUROCONTROL’s Brussels headquarters. AeroMACS was highlighted by a presentation made by Leonardo.

This month, the WiMAX Forum President, Declan Byrne hosted a presentation at the ICAO SAM implementation Meeting (SAM/IG/24) held in Lima, Peru. Byrne presented the first Latin America AeroMACS development in Brazil and the AeroMACS progress around the world.

ICAO SAM implementation Meeting (SAM/IG/24)

Our involvement in these events has proven to be the right strategy, fostering a prosperous environment and future for the WiMAX ecosystem. We will continue to increase awareness of, educate, and meet with industry leaders worldwide regarding implementing and developing WiMAX, AeroMACS, and WiGRID networks in ways that will best serve all stakeholders. Through our events, speaking opportunities, seminars, and webinars, we are reaching out to diverse audiences in the WiMAX community.

On March 11, 2020 at 2:00PM local time, the WiMAX Forum will host AeroMACS 2020 – Madrid, a session with AeroMACS presentations at the World ATM Congress - Aireon Spotlight Stage - Feria de Madrid Convention Centre (IFEMA). The presentations will focus on supporting the global Aviation Community in managing profitable development and growth of AeroMACS networks.

On March 10-12, 2020 at the World ATM Congress Conference & Exhibition, the WiMAX Forum will exhibit AeroMACS at Booth 117 in the IFEMA Exhibition Hall. If you would pre-scheduled a meeting time with us, please email and we will be glad to schedule a time to speak with you.

Please note registration is required in order to attend the World ATM Congress and the AeroMACS 2020 - Madrid. For registration, please click the following link:

We are seeing concrete results from our activities in the industrial markets particularly through AeroMACS and Smart Energy events, which have provided excellent exposure, reception, and engagement. For more information about our events, please visit: WiMAX Forum Events.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or comments. Enjoy the rest of the month and we hope to see you soon.

Best Regards,
WiMAX Forum


The WiMAX Forum maintains a bustling schedule of public appearances, white paper publications, webinars, and press releases on behalf of our industry. Below you can find the most relevant activities and latest communications.

SESAR JU Members Showcases Maturity of Datalink Communication Solutions

On 23 October, SESAR JU member and partners held an open day in Brussels bringing together a wide audience of stakeholders to present the progress in datalink communications achieved during the first phase of SESAR 2020 research and innovation. The open day presented the work coming out of the SESAR 2020 project PJ.14 EECNS on the future technologies emerging in the domain communications, navigation and surveillance domains to manage future operational services, such as 4D trajectory management.

To review the details and presentations, please click here

Beyond the Mandates

Equipping your aircraft to take advantage of future technology. The FAA’s Next Gen and EASA’s SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research programs are continuously working toward updating air traffic technology to meet ICAO’s Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP). While many aircraft have already updated their avionics to meet the looming 2020 ADS-B mandate (January 1 in U.S., June 7 in Europe, and various dates for other countries), more technology changes are on the horizon.

To view the publication, please click here.


In the coming months, the WiMAX Forum will host, participate, attend, and support events globally. We continue our efforts to bring you quality conferences hosted by the WiMAX Forum, and we will present and participate at key industry events. The WiMAX Forum team looks forward to seeing you at these events.

Featured Events:

AeroMACS Madrid -2020 AeroMACS 2020 - Madrid
March 11 at 14:00 to 16:00
AeroMACS Exhibition
Madrid, Spain
For more information visit:
AeroMACS at World ATM Congress

Upcoming Events:

Smart Cities International Symposium January 21-23, 2020
Chicago, IL
For more information visit:
Smart Cities International Symposium
Convergence India February 19-21, 2020
New Delhi, India
For more information visit:
Convergence India
Internet of Things India expo February 19-21, 2020
New Delhi, India
For more information visit:
Internet of Things India expo
World ATM Congress 2020 March 10-12, 2020
Madrid, Spain
For more information visit:
World ATM Congress
Blockchain and Data Science 2020 March 18-19, 2020
Las Vegas, NV
For more information visit:
Blockchain and Data Science
Field Service Palm Springs 2020 April 21-24, 2020
Palm Springs, California
For more information visit:
Field Service Palm Springs
6th Smart Cities India 2020 May 20-22, 2020
New Delhi, India
For more information visit:
6th Smart Cities India

The WiMAX Forum plans to host and participate in other events over the course of the year. As details concerning these events are finalized, we will be certain to keep you informed. For more information about our events, please visit: WiMAX Forum Events.


The WiMAX Forum Membership provides a wide range of benefits and services that promote growth and innovation of AeroMACS, WiGRID, and WiMAX technology. Only WiMAX Forum Members can certify products to guarantee interoperability and standard compliance for AeroMACS, WiGRID, and WiMAX; secure networks using Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) certificates; develop technical specifications; influence favorable regulatory environments; and contribute to the growth of the industry through standards development that satisfy the market needs, among other advantages.

The WiMAX Forum would like to extend a special welcome to the new members for 2019:

The WiMAX Forum is committed to delivering the value necessary for our members to get the most from their membership, and we are always engaging with individual members to discuss how we can better serve them. If you are interested in speaking with our leadership team on our specific initiatives or have any questions, please send a message to

The WiMAX Forum is the best place to access, leverage, and influence the growth and development of the AeroMACS, WiGRID, and WiMAX Technology. So be a leader and step up to get involved today!


The WiMAX Forum Working Groups are key to the development of WiMAX technology. The WiMAX Forum organizes its technical activities through a number of Working Groups that produce technical requirements, develop technical specifications, and advise the forum. Several activities are being scheduled and we need the help of your technical experts in these groups. It is a crucial time for your organization to influence and leverage the Working Groups activities and contribute to the development of the market. If you are interested in participating in our Working Groups, please contact us at and we will be glad to speak with you about this opportunity.

The Working Groups are the currently focused on AeroMACS, Smart Energy, product certification and various spectrum access solutions. The Working Groups are chartered by the WiMAX Forum to bring together content experts from member companies to collaborate and contribute to specification development, harmonize documents, and perform other tasks that the WiMAX Forum has determined to be necessary or useful.

The Aviation Working Group (AWG) and the AWG Certification Task Group (CTG) have been achieving important milestones and making significant progress on several technical projects to support AeroMACS as the standard selected to improve the safety and regularity of flights. The AWG and CTG members are collaborating on the development of AeroMACS Product Conformance Certification, AeroMACS Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), FCC AeroMACS Petition for Rulemaking, and other initiatives.

Additionally, the AWG CTG has completed and approved the IOT procedures to support the testing and certification of products in support of an overall WiMAX Forum certification compliance for AeroMACS based on international approved standards. The CTG has completed and published the WiMAX Forum® AeroMACS Test Suite Structure and Test Purposes (TSS&TP) for PCT and RCT Specifications to test for conformance to industry requirements.

The WiMAX Forum, ICAO, other regulatory members and key industry stakeholders have formed the AeroMACS Advisory Council (AAC). The AAC is a collaborative body that will promote effective public-private dialogue and will consistent with the AeroMACS Certificate Policy and ICAO policies, provide strategic guidance and oversight for AeroMACS PKI, thereby helping promote optimum interoperability and trust among participants.

The WiMAX Forum has partnered with Eonti to manage and implement AeroMACS PKI as the Management Authority (MA). The MA has brought on the first Certificate Authority (CA) to make AeroMACS PKI commercially available to make AeroMACS operational networks secure. An overview of the AeroMACS PKI process is available here: AeroMACS PKI Users Overview.

The Smart Energy Working Group (SEWG) members are working with IEEE to bring to market devices for narrowband applications and other sub 1GHz spectrum. If you are interested in participating in this activity, please contact us at and we will be glad to speak with you about this opportunity. The next SEWG meeting will be scheduled shortly, as the details are finalized, we will be certain to keep you informed.

You can learn more about the Working Group activities by visiting the member’s workspace area to view the outcomes of recent Working Group sessions or join groups to receive emails related to that group's activities. To find more information on our Working Groups, please visit:

Working Group activity is integral to the success of the Forum, and your participation is important to the WiMAX community!


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