Unlicensed Integration with 5G Networks

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.

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

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

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Enhanced Wi-Fi – 802.11ax Decoded

The white-paper, ‘Enhanced Wi-Fi – 802.11ax’, highlights how the capabilities of the latest generation of Wi-Fi, 802.11ax are set to reshape the industry by enabling a whole new set of economically advantageous use cases to benefit operators, enterprise and end users. The paper will give you some insights about the advantages of using 802.11ax to deliver the “5G use cases” not yet offered by 5G, as well as seamless support to existing networks and devices through its backwards compatibility.

Download this handy infographic to get the key takeaway points or download the full white paper below.

 
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IoT Interoperability: Dynamic Roaming

‘IoT Interoperability: Dynamic Roaming’ whitepaper investigates how existing Wi-Fi roaming capabilities could help the IoT market with the evolution of IoT Device roaming, ensuring devices can seamlessly ‘talk’ to each other. The aim of the study is to provide a framework for IoT roaming, demonstrating the value and opportunities to enhance the functionality for existing technologies with the use of the WBA’s Wireless Roaming Intermediary eXchange (WRIX) specification, in areas such as authentication, financial and data clearing, invoicing, security and automation.
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Network Slicing – Understanding Wi-Fi Capabilities

In this article, the WBA explains how Carrier Wi-Fi operators can embrace the slicing concepts being defined by 3GPP and leverage already existing capabilities to deliver sliced Wi-Fi networks today. It also demonstrates how the key network slicing requirements associated with the access network can be addressed using commercial Wi-Fi capabilities.

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Wi-Fi Value-Add and Advertising

Wi-Fi: Value Add and Advertising explores the value-added use cases of Wi-Fi advertising and location services, to help service providers to capitalise on their Wi-Fi networks. The report also highlights and includes case studies of operators and organisations exploiting this technology today, including Boingo works with airport venue and Devicescape’s partnership with Cancer Research UK.

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