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