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Municipal and Mesh Wi-Fi


Hosted by iPass.
February 2, 2006.

Chair: Peter Rysavy, Rysavy Research.




Meeting Agenda

Meeting Location
Hotel Information
Information for Presenters



Click here for a press release issued on Jan 17, 2006 about this meeting.


A variety of companies are developing mesh Wi-Fi systems that allow the deployment of Wi-Fi over broad geographic areas. An increasing number of cities are planning to deploy such networks. The advantage of mesh Wi-Fi is that the network can offer very high overall data capacity and data performance to users, can be deployed at relatively low cost, and wireless links can be used to provide much of the backhaul connectivity. However, there are also technical and logistical issues in making these networks viable. The meeting will address the following points:

  • Architectural approaches used in mesh Wi-Fi.
  • Status of industry standardization.
  • Co-existence with other networks such as 3G and WiMAX.
  • Best and poor usages.
  • Scaling and capacity.
  • VoIP over mesh networks.
  • Mobility architectures.
  • Spectrum and interference management.
  • Application considerations.
  • Success factors.




February 2, 2006. 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.


Morning coffee service and lunch provided.

The agenda is as follows:


  • 8:00-8:20 Peter Rysavy, PCCA. Introductions. PCCA meeting schedule and association update. (Next meeting: April 2006. IMS and Advanced Services Architectures.)
  • 8:20-9:00. Host presentation: Ken Denman, Blair Bullock, iPass. "Requirements for Enterprise Access over Metropolitan Area Wi-Fi Networks"
  • 9:00-9:40. Ali Mackani, Corporate Information Exchange Sacramento. "What Drives Wi-Fi Metro Networks"
  • 9:40-10:20. Stephen Rayment, BelAir Networks. "IEEE 802.11s Standardization and Implications"
  • 10:20-10:40. Break
  • 10:40-11:20. Emil Sturniolo, NetMotion Wireless. "Wi-Fi 3G Mobility Architectures"
  • 11:20-12:00. Sri Devabhaktuni, Tropos Networks. "Technical Aspects of Mesh Wi-Fi Deployments"
  • 12:00-1:00. Lunch provided.
  • 1:00-1:30. Akio Konishi, Fujitsu/Mobile Computing Promotion Consortium. "MCPC Update"
  • 1:30-2:10. Bob Friday, Cisco Systems. "Capacity, Scaling and Interference Management"
  • 2:10-2:30. Break
  • 2:30-3:15. Peter Stanforth, Motorola Mesh Networks Product Group, "Multi-radio Mesh Networks - Enabling a Total Muniwireless Solution"
  • 3:15-4:00. Discussion and analysis


Note: agenda is subject to change




The meeting will be held at a meeting room at the Doubletree Hotel, San Francisco International Airport.




Doubletree San Francisco International Airport
835 Airport Blvd
Burlingame, Ca  94010



$109 room rate per night plus taxes
$5 parking fee
24 hour airport shuttle service
Booked under "PCCA." Room block expires Jan 19, 2006.




The registration deadline is one week before the meeting.


Meetings are intended primarily for PCCA members. However, non-member organizations may attend for a fee of $375 per person. Executive-level members may send five people, associate-level members may send two people and affiliate-level members may send one person to the meeting without incurring meeting charges.


Click here to register for the meeting using our secure Web page.




The following information is for people presenting at this PCCA meeting: 


  • Presentations are typically 30 minutes to 45 minutes long unless arranged otherwise.
  • This is a technical audience (e.g., engineering and program managers), so please make the presentations technical. Emphasis
  • should be on industry issues and proposed solutions versus selling your product.
  • Generally, 30 to 50 people attend each meeting, representing a broad spectrum of the wireless industry, including carriers, infrastructure vendors, device vendors, 
    software vendors and computer vendors.
  • There is usually a 5 to 15 minute discussion following the presentation.
  • We will provide an LCD projector.
  • We request a copy of your presentation (PDF or PPT) before the meeting so that we can post it in the members area of the PCCA web page. 


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