WBA recently published the RAN Convergence White Paper which outlines the ‘how’ at the network and RAN (Radio Access Network) layers, ‘how’ enable opportunities including enterprise use cases, manufacturing, public hotspots and residential applications.

Cellular and Wi-Fi operators, equipment manufacturers and end-users all stand to benefit a great deal from the continued convergence of Wi-Fi and cellular networks, especially with the release of Wi-Fi 6 and the continued development of 5G networks. 5G and Wi-Fi convergence can enable unique and complementary capabilities of both access to provide seamless and interoperable services to serve end-users. Similarly the best investment decisions and future-proofing strategy is obtained by leveraging the defined global architecture and policy.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Business objectives

  • Examine new business opportunities for 5G / Wi-Fi RAN Convergence which can be better enabled through the convergence and interworking
  • Address Wi-Fi and 5G convergence in verticals such as enterprises, industrial 4.0, IoT, public hotspots, connected cities and residential access.

Target Outcomes

Address the challenges and potential solutions to ensure the best user experience for both Wi-Fi and cellular in following areas related to convergence:

  • 5G and Wi-Fi RAN Convergence architecture
  • Provide industry guidelines with analysis, approaches and potential solutions in the above identified areas related to convergence between 5G and Wi-Fi
  • 3GPP ATSSS further study to enable improved session continuity, better resource utilization and fast reaction time to changes in connection quality across NR and Wi-Fi
  • Study and analysis of ANDSP and NGH/HS2.0 to handle both Wi-Fi and cellular policies and enable network visibility and policy settings between 5G and Wi-Fi
  • Enable Wi-Fi only devices with or without 3GPP identity and SIM credentials on the device, to access 5G networks
  • Enable end-to-end QoS across 5G and Wi-Fi networks

Target Audience

WBA Members, Equipment manufacturers, Chipset vendors, Wi-Fi operators and Cellular operators, System integrators.

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Keywords

5G, Wi-Fi 6, 802.11ax, Wi-Fi, RAN optimization, Multi-access, Edge Computing, Convergence

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