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INTERNATIONAL ISO/IEC/
STANDARD IEEE
8802-11
First edition
2012-11-01
AMENDMENT 5
2015-09-01
Information technology —
Telecommunications and information
exchange between systems — Local and
metropolitan area networks — Specific
requirements —
Part 11:
Wireless LAN medium access control
(MAC) and physical layer (PHY)
specifications
AMENDMENT 5
Technologies de l'information — Télécommunications et échange
d'information entre systèmes — Réseaux locaux et métropolitains —
Exigences spécifiques —
Partie 11: Spécifications du contrôle d'accès du milieu sans fil (MAC) et
de la couche physique (PHY)
AMENDEMENT 5
Reference number
ISO/IEC/IEEE 8802-11:2012/Amd.5:2015(E)
IEEE 2014
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IEEE Standard for Information technology—
Telecommunications and information exchange between systems
Local and metropolitan area networks—
Specific requirements
Part 11: Wireless LAN Medium Access Control
(MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications
Amendment 5: Television White Spaces (TVWS)
Operation
IEEE Computer Society
Sponsored by the
LAN/MAN Standards Committee
IEEE
IEEE Std 802.11af™-2013
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(Amendment to
New York, NY 10016-5997
IEEE Std 802.11™-2012,
USA
as amended by IEEE Std 802.11ae™-2012,
IEEE Std 802.11aa™-2012,
IEEE Std 802.11ad™-2012,
and IEEE Std 802.11ac™-2013)
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IEEE Std 802.11af™-2013
(Amendment to
IEEE Std 802.11™-2012,
as amended by IEEE Std 802.11ae™-2012,
IEEE Std 802.11aa™-2012,
IEEE Std 802.11ad™-2012,
and IEEE Std 802.11ac™-2013)
IEEE Standard for Information technology—
Telecommunications and information exchange between systems
Local and metropolitan area networks—
Specific requirements
Part 11: Wireless LAN Medium Access Control 
(MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications
Amendment 5: Television White Spaces (TVWS)
Operation
Sponsor
LAN/MAN Standards Committee
of the
IEEE Computer Society
Approved 11 December 2013
IEEE-SA Standards Board
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Abstract: Enhancements to the IEEE 802.11 physical layers (PHYs) and medium access control

(MAC) sublayer to support operation in the white spaces in television bands are defined.

Keywords: IEEE 802.11af™, television white spaces, TVWS, wireless LAN, WLAN
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Participants

At the time this amendment was completed, the IEEE 802.11 Working Group had the following officers:

Bruce P. Kraemer, Chair
Jon W. Rosdahl and Adrian P. Stephens, Vice-chairs
Stephen McCann, Secretary

At the time this amendment was submitted for balloting, the TV White Space Operation Task Group had the

following membership:
Richard H. Kennedy, Chair
Peter Ecclesine, Vice Chair and Technical Editor
Zhou Lan, Vice Chair and Secretary
Sayantan Choudhury David Hunter
Osama S. Aboulmagd
Liwen Chu Sung Hyun Hwang
Santosh P. Abraham
Jinyoung Chun Yasuhiko Inoue
Roberto Aiello
John Coffey Mitsuru Iwaoka
Thomas Alexander
Kenneth Coop Sunggeun Jin
Peiman Amini
Carlos Cordeiro Zhong Yi Jin
Sirikiat Lek Ariyavisitakul
Neiyer Correal Nihar Jindal
Lee R. Armstrong
Subir Das Vince Jones
Yusuke Asai
Hendricus De Ruijter Jari Junell
Alex Ashley
Rolf J. de Vegt Padam Kafle
Kwok Shum Au
Yohannes Demessie Carl W. Kain
Vijay Auluck
Xiandong Dong Hyunduk Kang
Stefan Aust
Klaus Doppler Mika Kasslin
Geert A. Awater
Roger P. Durand Shuzo Kato
David Bagby
Richard Edgar Stuart J. Kerry
Eugene Baik
Marc Emmelmann Bonghoe Kim
Gabor Bajko
Vinko Erceg Byoung-Hoon Kim
Raja Banerjea
Ping Fang Eun Sun Kim
Phillip Barber
Qin Fei Eunkyung Kim
Anuj Batra
Stanislav Filin Jeongki Kim
Tuncer Baykas
Matthew J. Fischer Joonsuk Kim
Alan Berkema
George Flammer Suhwook Kim
Bijoy Bhukania
Chittabrata Ghosh Taejoon Kim
Philippe Boucachard
James P. K. Gilb Youhan Kim
Andre Bourdoux
John Buffington Reinhard Gloger Youngsoo Kim
Daning Gong Shoichi Kitazawa
Lin Cai
David Goodall Tero Kivinen
George Calcev
Chris Calvert Elad Gottlib Jarkko Kneckt
Sudheer A. Grandhi Gwangzeen Ko
Radhakrishna Canchi
Stephen Grau Fumihide Kojima
Laurent Cariou
William Carney Michael Grigat Tom Kolze
David Halasz Timo Koskela
Jaesun Cha
Mark Hamilton Thomas M. Kurihara
Romana Challans
Philippe Chambelin Christopher J. Hansen Jin-Sam Kwak
Hiroshi Harada Joseph Kwak
Kim Chang
Dan N. Harkins Young Hoon Kwon
Kuor-Hsin Chang
Xin Chang Brian D. Hart Paul Lambert
Ahmadreza Hedayat Leonardo Lanante
Clint F. Chaplin
Robert F. Heile James Lansford
Bin Chen
Lidong Chen Jerome Henry Anseok Lee
Ken Hiraga Donghun Lee
Minho Cheong
Chin Keong Ho Jae Seung Lee
George Cherian
Anh Tuan Hoang Wookbong Lee
Rojan Chitrakar
Jinsoo Choi Dien Hoang Zhongding Lei
Jing-Rong Hsieh Wai Kong Leung
Li Chia Choo
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Vishakan Ponnampalam
Joseph Levy Fei Tong
Feng Li Daniel Popa
Solomon B. Trainin
Huan-Bang Li Ron Porat
Ha Nguyen Tran
Lingjie Li Henry S. Ptasinski
Kazuyoshi Tsukada
Rethnakaran Pulikkoonattu
Yunbo Li
Masahiro Umehira
Chang-Woo Chang Pyo
Yunzhou Li
Richard D. J. Van Nee
Erik Lindskog Emily H. Qi
Allert Van Zelst
Jianhan Liu Huyu Qu
Prabodh Varshney
Yong Liu Harish Ramamurthy
Sameer Vermani
Peter Loc Jayaram Ramasastry
Dalton T. Victor
Ivan Reede
Long Luo
Gabriel Villardi
Edward Reuss
Yi Luo
George A. Vlantis
Zhendong Luo Maximilian Riegel
Chao Chun Wang
Kaiying Lv Mark Rison
Haiguang Wang
Michael Lynch Kiseon Ryu
James June Wang
Jouni K. Malinen Kazuyuki Sakoda
Ruben Salazar Cardozo Lei Wang
Hiroshi Mano
Qi Wang
Simone Merlin Hemanth Sampath
James Miller Sigurd Schelstraete Xuehuan Wang
Apurva Mody Timothy Schmidl
Lisa Ward
Michael Montemurro Jean Schwoerer
Fujio Watanabe
Jonathan Segev
Kenichi Mori
Lei Wen
Cristina Seibert
Hitoshi Morioka
Menzo M. Wentink
Ronald Murias Yongho Seok
Nicholas West
Andrew Myles Kunal Shah
Eric Wong
Yukimasa Nagai Huairong Shao
Ian Wong
Yuhei Nagao Nir Shapira
Harry R. Worstell
Stephen J. Shellhammer
Hiroki Nakano
Tianyu Wu
Sai Shankar Nandagopalan Ian Sherlock
Zhanji Wu
Pradeep Nemavat Wei Shi
Xun Yang
Chiu Ngo Nobuhiko Shibagaki
Yunsong Yang
Paul Nikolich Shusaku Shimada
James Yee
Thomas M. Siep
Hiroyo Ogawa
Peter Yee
Minseok Oh Michael Sim
Wai-Leong Yeow
Min-Seok Oh Dwight Smith
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Satoshi Oyama Ill Soo Sohn
Su Khiong Yong
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Chanho Yoon
Dorothy Stanley
Santosh Ghanshyam Pandey
Christopher Young
Anna Pantelidou Rene Struik
Heejung Yu
Giwon Park Jung Hoon Suh
Zhan Yu
Jonghyun Park Chin-Sean Sum
Tevfik Yucek
Minyoung Park Bo Sun
Katsuo D. A. Yunoki
Seung-Hoon Park Chen Sun
Dezhi Zhang
Jaya Shankar Pathmasuntharam Sheng Sun
Hongyuan Zhang
Sandhya Patil Mohammad Hossein Taghavi
Junjian Zhang
Xiaoming Peng Kazuaki Takahashi
Mu Zhao
Eldad Perahia Mineo Takai
Jun Zheng
James E. Petranovich Sagar Tamhane
Shoukang Zheng
Albert Petrick Joseph Teo
Mingtuo Zhou
John Petro Thomas Tetzlaff
Chunhui Zhu
Krishna Madhavan Pillai Jerry Thrasher
Yan Zhuang
Riku Pirhonen Jens Tingleff
Juho Pirskanen Lawrence Zuckerman
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Padam Kafle Dongguk Lim Chen Sun
Eun Sun Kim Ron Porat Jens Tingleff
Zhou Lan Yongho Seok Tevfik Yucek
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The following members of the individual balloting committee voted on this standard. Balloters may have

voted for approval, disapproval, or abstention.
Tomoko Adachi Noriyuki Ikeuchi
John Notor
Sergiu Iordanescu
Thomas Alexander Robert O’Hara
Akio Iso
Nobumitsu Amachi Satoshi Oyama
Atsushi Ito
Butch Anton Brian Phelps
Lee R. Armstrong Mitsuru Iwaoka Clinton Powell
Kwok Shum Au Raj Jain Venkatesha Prasad
Stefan Aust Bobby Jose Michael Probasco
Tuncer Baykas Padam Kafle Demir Rakanovic
Harry Bims Shinkyo Kaku
Jayaram Ramasastry
Gennaro Boggia Hyunduk Kang
Ivan Reede
Piotr Karocki
Nancy Bravin Maximilian Riegel
Assaf Kasher
John Buffington Robert Robinson
William Byrd Ruediger Kays Benjamin Rolfe
William Carney Richard H. Kennedy Jon W. Rosdahl
Juan Carreon John Kenney John Santhoff
Dave Cavalcanti Jeritt Kent Shigenobu Sasaki
Wei-Peng Chen Stuart J. Kerry Naotaka Sato
Paul Chiuchiolo Yongbum Kim Yongho Seok
Sayantan Choudhury Youhan Kim
Ian Sherlock
Gwangzeen Ko
Keith Chow Shusaku Shimada
Bruce P. Kraemer
Charles Cook Tsuyoshi Shimomura
Neiyer Correal Thomas M. Kurihara Ju-Hyung Son
Joseph Decuir Zhou Lan Chunyi Song
Michael Denson Jeremy Landt Kapil Sood
Patrick Diamond James Lansford Amjad Soomro
Roger P. Durand Wookbong Lee Robert Stacey
Sourav Dutta James Lepp Thomas Starai
Peter Ecclesine Jean-Pierre Le Rouzic Adrian P. Stephens
Richard Edgar Arthur H. Light Rene Struik
Chih-Che Lin
Charles Einolf Walter Struppler
Marc Emmelmann Lu Liru Gary Stuebing
David Evans Philip Lunsford Chandrasekaran Subramaniam
Stanislav Filin Greg Luri Chin-Sean Sum
Avraham Freedman Michael Lynch Bo Sun
Stefano Galli Chris Lyttle Thomas Tetzlaff
Matthew Gast Elvis Maculuba Jens Tingleff
Devon Gayle Jouni K. Malinen Keat Beng Toh
Pieter-Paul Giesberts James Marin Fei Tong
James P. K. Gilb Roger Marks Ha Nguyen Tran
Tim Godfrey Jeffery Masters Kazuyoshi Tsukada
David Goodall Stephen McCann Lorenzo Vangelista
Sudheer A. Grandhi Neal Mellen Allert Van Zelst
Randall Groves Steven Methley Dmitri Varsanofiev
Michael Gundlach James Miller Prabodh Varshney
Gloria Gwynne David Mitton George A. Vlantis
Rainer Hach Keiichi Mizutani Khurram Waheed
David Halasz Apurva Mody Thomas Wandeloski
Mark Hamilton James June Wang
Michael Montemurro
Lei Wang
Christopher J. Hansen Kenichi Mori
Hiroshi Harada Ronald Murias Stephen Webb
Jerome Henry Rick Murphy Hung-Yu Wei
Marco Hernandez Peter Murray James Yee
Dien Hoang Andrew Myles Oren Yuen
Werner Hoelzl Nabil Nasser Hongyuan Zhang
David Howard Michael Newman Daidi Zhong
David Hunter Nick S. A. Nikjoo Mingtuo Zhou
Paul Nikolich
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When the IEEE-SA Standards Board approved this standard on 11 December 2013, it had the following

membership:
John Kulick, Chair
David J. Law, Vice Chair
Richard H. Hulett, Past Chair
Konstantinos Karachalios, Secretary
Masayuki Ariyoshi Mark Halpin Gary Robinson
Peter Balma Gary Hoffman Jon Walter Rosdahl
Farooq Bari Paul Houzé Adrian Stephens
Ted Burse Jim Hughes Peter Sutherland
Stephen Dukes Michael Janezic Yatin Trivedi
Jean-Philippe Faure Joseph L. Koepfinger* Phil Winston
Alexander Gelman Oleg Logvinov Yu Yuan
Ron Petersen
*Member Emeritus
Also included are the following nonvoting IEEE-SA Standards Board liaisons:
Richard DeBlasio, DOE Representative
Michael Janezic, NIST Representative
Catherine Berger
IEEE Standards Program Manager, Document Development
Kathryn Bennett
IEEE Standards Program Manager, Technical Program Development
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Introduction

This introduction is not part of IEEE Std 802.11af™-2013, IEEE Standard for Information technology—

Telecommunications and information exchange between systems—Local and metropolitan area networks—

Specific requirements—Part 11: Wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY)

Specifications—Amendment 5: Television White Spaces (TVWS) Operation.

This amendment defines enhancements to the IEEE 802.11 physical layers (PHYs) and medium access

control (MAC) sublayer to support operation in the white spaces in television bands.

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Contents

2. Normative references........................................................................................................................... 2

3. Definitions, acronyms, and abbreviations............................................................................................ 2

3.1 Definitions................................................................................................................................. 2

3.2 Definitions specific to IEEE 802.11 .......................................................................................... 2

3.2a Definitions specific to IEEE 802.11 operation in some regulatory domains............................. 4

3.3 Abbreviations and acronyms..................................................................................................... 7

3.4 Abbreviations and acronyms in some regulatory domains........................................................ 7

4. General description.............................................................................................................................. 8

4.3 Components of IEEE 802.11 architecture ................................................................................. 8

4.3.10a Very high throughput (VHT) STA .............................................................................. 8

4.3.10b Television very high throughput (TVHT) STA........................................................... 8

4.3.19 Operation under geolocation database (GDB) control ................................................ 9

6. Layer management............................................................................................................................. 12

6.3 MLME SAP Interface.............................................................................................................. 12

6.3.3 Scan............................................................................................................................ 12

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