WBA recently published the “Unlicensed Integration with 5G Networks” whitepaper that outlines the options and alternative approaches available for combining access over Wi-Fi-based and cellular-based networks in the run up to 5G. Culminating two years of analysis on the convergence of unlicensed and licensed technologies, the report builds on the WBA’s previous report, “5G Networks – The Role of Wi-Fi and Unlicensed Technologies” to provide an analysis of the varied approaches for integrating cellular and Wi-Fi networks, defines key alternative approaches to integration, and describes key requirements.

Moving forward, WBA will analyse and examine different drivers that are seeing the emergence of “above-the-core” integration approaches, contrast with access-centric and core-centric approaches, describe possible application specific requirements and how these modes are accommodated.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Business objectives

  • Describe the role of above-the-core integration approaches for combining Wi-Fi and Cellular services for efficiency
  • Examine alternative approaches for realizing above-the-core integration and deliver economic to benefits

Target Outcomes

  • Definition of trial scope to showcase the technology, setting up the test cases / plan for compliance and executing the trial
  • Leverage Google/Android OS/iOS functionality to demonstrate broad functionally across stakeholders and achieve normalization
  • Address the challenges and gaps of Multipath Technologies
  • Complement the core centric approaches being studied as part of the 5G ATSSS study item as well as earlier access-centric approaches from 3GPP.

Target Audience

WBA stakeholders, Wi-Fi operators, Cellular operators, Chipset and Device vendors, Application developers

PROJECT LEADER

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Keywords

5G, Wi-Fi 6, Multipath Technologies, Above-the-core Integration

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