Next Generation Wireless (5G and Unlicensed)

WBA & NGMN RAN Convergence Joint Taskforce

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Business objectives

• To address the challenges and potential solutions for converged RAN deployments of Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with 5G, ensuring the best user experience using both Wi-Fi and cellular access

• Examine business opportunities with Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and 5G with recommendations for architecture designs and use cases

Project information

As we move into the 5G era, connectivity is becoming increasingly important. New, emerging use cases and URLLC use cases, including autonomous driving and industrial automation, are at the forefront of the history. In addition, the delivery of a harmonized set of 5G services – whether accessed through Wi-Fi, cellular or both. NGMN and WBA have joined forces to address the very important topic of RAN Convergence. The alliances are working together to address some of the requirements and key challenges that need to be addressed to realize service and network convergence over 3GPP Access and Wi-Fi.

Target Audience

Target Audience includes WBA members, Wi-Fi advocates, industry analysts, Wi-Fi operators, Cellular Operators, networking equipment providers, app developers.


  • Better simultaneous use of cellular and Wi-Fi connections
  • Better network load management
  • Enablement of authentication and access
  • Enablement of service reachability between Wi-Fi and 5G
  • Business opportunities for WBA members
  • Manageability of Wi-Fi over Cellular through RAN optimization


5G, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Wi-Fi, RAN optimization, Multi access, Convergence