In WBA’s white paper, ‘Unlicensed Integration with 5G Networks; there was a consensus on three broad approaches of how to integrate Wi-Fi with 5G: 1) Access Centric, 2) Core Centric and 3) Above the Core integration. The market has seen significant adoption of ‘above the core’ approaches yet there is no industry body leading the definition of a common architecture. (3GPP has focused on access and core centric integration)
The market is dependent on the support of the device ecosystem and both Apple and Google have been championing integration of Wi-Fi and Cellular since 2014/15 with MP-TCP and MP-QUIC respectively – now opened to the developer community. This results in:
• Handover mode supported for applications requiring high reliability
• Interactive mode supported for applications requiring low latency
• Aggregation mode supported for applications that want to benefit from combined link capacities
Target Audience includes WBA members, Wi-Fi advocates, industry analysts, Wi-Fi operators, Cellular Operators, networking equipment providers and app developers.