5G intends to enable a seamlessly connected society in the 2020 timeframe and beyond that brings together people along with things, data, applications, transport systems and cities in a smart networked communications environment. In this whitepaper, WBA will advocate and clarify the role of Wi-Fi in 5G and avoid duplication of efforts at a standardization level. We aim to help the industry identifying business opportunities through early testing of recent Wi-Fi VS Cellular aggregation technologies.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Target Audience

Target Audience includes WBA members, Device vendors, device service provider, Wi-Fi advocates, industry analysts, Wi-Fi operators, Cellular Operators, networking equipment providers.

Business objectives

  • Advocate and clarify the role of Wi-Fi in 5G and avoid duplication of efforts at a standardization level

  • Generate business opportunities for WBA members by early testing of recent Wi-Fi <> Cellular aggregation technologies

Target Outcomes

The “Unlicensed Integration with 5G Networks’ whitepaper outlines the options and alternative approaches available for combining access over Wi-Fi-based and cellular-based networks in the run up to 5G. In a culmination of 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 and defines three alternative approaches to integration, and describes key requirements for each approach:

  • Access Centric Solutions integrate Wi-Fi into the cellular access-stratum.

  • Above-the-core Centric Solutions integrate Wi-Fi above-the-core network using IETF defined multi-path protocols.

  • Core Centric Solutions integrate Wi-Fi into the cellular non-access stratum core network.

PROJECT LEADERS

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Keywords

5G, Next Generation Network, Use Cases, Coexistence, Convergence, Slicing

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