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October 2017

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Dear Respected Colleague,

The WiMAX Forum® with the participation of our Board of Directors, Working Group Representatives, and Member Companies maintained a blistering schedule of valuable activities over the past months to produce important work to advance the Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communication System (AeroMACS), WiGRID, and the WiMAX technology.

Last month, the WiMAX Forum announced the AeroMACS tests at Embraer in Brazil. The tests checked the frequency separation conditions of the Telemetry and AeroMACS services for interference, measured the signals of both channels, and recorded data through the spectrum analyzer. Using SIEMENS RUGGEDCOM equipment, Embraer performed the simulated ground operations tests with support from the WiMAX Forum and participation from the Brazilian Department of Airspace Control (DECEA). The testing was successful as the simulation proved that the Telemetry and AeroMACS services can operate together and also provided guidance on the channel spacing.

This month, at the ATCA 2017 Annual Conference and Exposition in National Harbor, Maryland, the WiMAX Forum President Declan Byrne, and Brent Phillips, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Senior Systems Engineer presented the AeroMACS Milestones and FCC Rulemaking Petition to participants. WiMAX Forum member Telrad Networks showcased AeroMACS products at the exhibition.

The WiMAX Forum would like to extend a special welcome to this month's new member, GAL Air Navigation Services LLC (GALANS). GALANS (formally a division of Global Aerospace Logistics) is a limited liability company registered by the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry; based in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and jointly owned by EAIG and IGG. The primary business objective of GALANS is to become a full and active Air Navigation Services Provider (ANSP) in civil markets, starting in the UAE, and then expanding throughout the GCC and the MENA (Middle East, North Africa) region. Currently GALANS is active in the civil training market and has been awarded contracts providing training for civil stakeholders in UAE through the ICAO-certified GAL ANS ATS Training Centre. If you would like more information regarding the WiMAX Forum Membership benefits, please email

The WiMAX Forum has been preparing to participate at key industry events for the remainder of 2017 and continuing to bring the highest value to the WiMAX community as the market share expands. Here is the summary of an upcoming event that we are participating during the coming months:

• On November 15 at 4:30PM at the Avionics for NextGen in Herndon, Virginia, the WiMAX Forum President Declan Byrne, Brent Phillips, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Senior Systems Engineer, and Paul J. Prisaznuk, Executive Secretary and Programs Director, Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC), ARINC Standards Development will present latest progress towards the wide spread use of AeroMACS.

• On December 12 at 3:30PM at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Second Global Air Navigation Industry Symposium (GANIS/2) and First Safety and Air Navigation Implementation Symposium (SANIS/1) in Montreal, Canada, the WiMAX Forum President Declan Byrne will discuss how to face cyber threats - the strategy for cyber safety. Declan is also scheduled to participate and moderate a panel on December 13. As details concerning this event are finalized, we will be certain to keep you informed.

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. Through our events, speaking opportunities, seminars, and webinars, we are reaching out to diverse audiences in the WiMAX community.

We will continue to increase awareness of, educate, and meet with industry leaders worldwide about implementing and developing WiMAX, AeroMACS, and WiGRID networks in ways that will best serve all stakeholders. Our focus has been to share key lessons, concrete knowledge, and work together for the benefit of the industry. For more information about our events, please visit: WiMAX Forum Events.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or comments. We wish you a prosperous end of the month, and we hope to see you at one of the upcoming events.

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 latest communications and most relevant activities.

AeroMACS Featured at ATCA this October, Avionics for NextGen in November and ICAO in December.
AeroMACS Gains Momentum and Achieved Milestones.

Learn more about AeroMACS at ATCA, Avionics for NextGen and ICAO Global Air Navigation Industry Symposium (GANIS) & Safety and Air Navigation Implementation Symposium (SANIS). Aeronautical Mobile Communication System (AeroMACS) is the wireless broadband technology that supports the increasing need for data communications and information sharing on the airport surface for both fixed and mobile applications. AeroMACS trials and deployments are underway worldwide and our priority is to help the global aviation industry upgrade its airport surface communications systems with powerful and economical solutions.

To read the entire information, 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 Presentation
November 15, 2017
Herndon, Virginia
For more information, please visit:
AeroMACS Presentation at
Avionics for NextGen
AeroMACS Presentation
December 12-13, 2017
Montreal, Canada
For more information, please visit:
AeroMACS Presentation at

Upcoming Events:

October 26-27, 2017
San Diego, CA
For more information, please visit:
Delivery of Things World USA
November 5-10, 2017
Orlando, FL
For more information, please visit:
Agile Dev, Better Software, & DevOps East
November 7-8, 2017
Munich, Germany
For more information, please visit:
Industrial IoT Europe
November 13-15, 2017
Miami, FL
For more information, please visit:
November 15-16, 2017
Palo Alto, CA
For more information, please visit:
Smart Home Summit
November 16-17, 2017
San Diego, CA
For more information, please visit:
Security of Things World USA
November 28-29, 2017
Palo Alto, CA
For more information, please visit:
IoT Data & AI Summit
February 27-28 2018
Munich, Germany
For more information, please visit:
Smart Manufacturing Leaders Summit
March 7-9, 2018
New Delhi, India
For more information, please visit:
Convergence India

Sponsorship Opportunities: Increase your presence at the WiMAX Forum events through a sponsorship! Our high-profile events offer sponsors excellent visibility before, during and after the event. For more information about which event sponsorship may best suit your needs, please contact Alessandra Rocha at

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.

The WiMAX Forum would like to extend a special welcome to the new members for 2017:

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 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 the key to the development of WiMAX technology, currently focusing on AeroMACS and Smart Energy.

Currently, the Aviation Working Group (AWG) is focused in three main technical activities: AeroMACS Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), AeroMACS Product Certification, and the FCC AeroMACS Petition for Rulemaking. It is a crucial time for your organization to influence and leverage these activities. 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 WiMAX Forum and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) are in the final steps to finalize an agreement to collaborate in the oversight of AeroMACS PKI for the ecosystem in an AeroMACS Advisory Council (AAC). The AeroMACS Certificate Policy (CP) is complete and will be published once the (AAC) is in place. The WiMAX Forum has partnered with Eonti to manage and implement AeroMACS PKI. This partnership gives the Forum the needed expertise as the Management Authority for AeroMACS PKI.

While the AeroMACS Designated Certification Laboratory (ADCL) continues to run products through Radio Conformance Testing (RCT), the AWG Certification Task Group is validating test procedures for Protocol Conformance Tests (PCT). The development of Interoperability Tests (IOT) procedures to support AeroMACS based on current implementations is underway to support an overall certification for AeroMACS compliance.

On November 15 at 11am PST, the Smart Energy Working Group (SEWG) will host a conference call to follow up with participants on the narrowband spectrum as IEEE develops the 802.16s standard, the activities around the FCC’s Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) rules that regulate the 3.5 GHz, WiMAX Forum presentation to the Telecommunications Subcommittee at the American Petroleum Institute and more. SEWG Members are invited to participate and will receive the call details, calendar and agenda shortly.

The WiMAX Forum organizes its technical activities through a number of Working Groups that produce technical requirements, develop technical specifications, or advise the forum. Working Groups are chartered by the WiMAX Forum to bring together content experts from member companies. These experts contribute to and harmonize documents and specifications and perform other tasks that the WiMAX Forum has determined to be necessary or useful. Technical Steering Committee coordinates all the Working Groups, which include:

  • AWG - Aviation Working Group - Procedures, Profiles & AeroMACS Initiative
  • SEWG - Smart Energy Working Group - Requirements & WiGRID Initiative
  • SPWG - Service Provider Working Group - Requirements & WiMAX Advanced Initiative
  • TWG - Technical Working Group - Technical
    • CTG - Certification Task Group - Technical
    • NTG - Network Task Group - Technical

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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