Next Generation Wireless (5G and Unlicensed)

New Wireless Technologies Trial

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Project information

WBA members acknowledge the importance of Next Generation Wi-Fi Trials heritage in WBA and how they keep helping the industry move forward. Thus, New Wireless Technologies Trial include, as baseline, the assessment of technologies that present a new value proposition and potential business opportunity for WBA members, such as:

  • LWA / LWIP
  • MulteFire
  • LPWA (unlicensed bands)
  • CBRS

The focus is to perform end-to-end live testing, depending on equipment availability, following the same approach as previous testing programs in WBA, such as the Next Generation Hotspot trial. For all the above, a plugfest model might be considered.

Outcomes / Target Audience

Testing architecture shall be defined, available as of today or in the future, potentially leading to a phased in testing.

All the trials and testing are aimed to be completed on live end-to-end networks. The results will be shared with participants and the industry.


Live testing, WRIX, NGH authentication, Quality of Service, Policy Interworking (ANDSF & HS2.0), Wi-Fi Calling

Business objectives

  • Improve customer experience using unlicensed wireless services
  • Give more confidence to service providers to invest in unlicensed wireless services


  • Scope document listing and defining all testing possibilities based on existing technologies – summary of “targetable” objects based on a selection of the use cases developed by the 3 groups, Quality of Service,Wi-Fi Calling and Policy along with existing NGH test cases
  • Develop a test plan to validate existing technologies on a collaborative effort
  • Identify gaps and propose solutions such as identifying communication interfaces that must be developed in order to guarantee an effective end-to-end system management