WBA calls for industry cooperation to harmonize Wi-Fi with 5G

Monica Alleven | October 25, 2018

WBA calls for industry cooperation to harmonize Wi-Fi with 5G
The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA)—whose board includes AT&T, Boingo Wireless and Comcast—is calling on the industry to cooperate on approaches to Wi-Fi integration with 5G through trials, common policy framework and engagement with key industry bodies. Toward that end, the WBA just published a report that outlines the options and alternative approaches available for combining access over Wi-Fi-based and cellular-based networks. Titled “Unlicensed Integration with 5G Networks,” the report defines three alternative approaches to integration: access centric solutions, core centric solutions and above-the-core centric solutions. The WBA is calling for the ecosystem to work together to put these different approaches into practice through trials and engagement with other key industry bodies. The report describes some of the latest capabilities specified in 3GPP Release 15 and currently being studied as part of 3GPP Release 16 for integrating Wi-Fi into the 5G core network. It also provides detailed descriptions of alternative multi-path protocol approaches that have been used to provide improved experiences when devices are simultaneously connected to cellular and Wi-Fi networks.

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