WBA Wi-Fi Calling – Opportunities and Challenges towards 5G

Wi-Fi calling can reduce costs and deliver a universal mobile communications service to consumers worldwide. The paper discusses the significant role Wi-Fi calling can play in addressing industry issues such as coverage, as well as highlights the gaps in the market to help promote the deployment, use and growing momentum of Wi-Fi calling.
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Software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) for Wi-Fi networks

A lack of flexibility in today’s Wi-Fi network architectures makes it difficult to respond rapidly to new technologies designed to enhance user experience and improve quality of service. This new white paper explains how Network Function Virtualization can help address such challenges, speed the introduction of new services, while bringing a wide range of benefits to network operators.
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Industry perspectives, trusted WLAN architectures and deployment considerations

With the explosion in data use throughout the wireless ecosystem set to continue for many years, networks face unprecedented challenges to meet ever-growing demand. As part of an ongoing study into integrated networks, the Wireless Broadband Alliance and Small Cell Forum Joint Task Force has produced the first comprehensive technical documentation, assessment and specification of the architecture and interfaces for integrated small cell and ‘trusted’ Wi-Fi (ISW) networks. The white paper considers the architectural options, interfaces and deployment aspects of the TWAN (Trusted Wireless Wan). It also incudes a comprehensive industry survey of major operators and vendors addressing the business and technical implications of integration. This is the first study of its kind to bring clarity to the architecture of the TWAN that connects the access points, controller and gateways of the integrated ISW network, an area that has fallen out of the scope of the 3GPP and has not been addressed by any other standards organizations.
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Wi-Fi Roaming Business Case

WBA suggests that up to 70% of international travellers now rely on Wi-Fi networks to stay connected while abroad. Our latest white paper Wi-Fi Roaming examines how to leverage this opportunity to create new services and products that can result in additional roaming revenues, while delivering an outstanding user experience. Packed with facts, stats and business cases, the white paper covers: • Roaming set-up best practices for service providers • Benefits from providing roaming services • Suitable strategies to adopt • Wi-Fi roaming business models • Next Gen Wi-Fi ready network insights from the industry and global Operator
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City Wi-Fi Status Report

WBA and Connected City Advisory Board Report, October 2015
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Towards 2020: Emerging Opportunities for Wi-Fi Services

WBA and Maravedis Rethink Interim Report, May 2015.
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Location Based Services (LBS) Over Wi-Fi

With carrier-grade Wi-Fi emerging as the preferred access solution in many buildings and venues, carriers are expected to leverage their Wi-Fi networks to gain traction for indoor Location Based Services (LBS). They will also partner with indoor location providers to offer value-added services to existing retail clients. Public venue Wi-Fi is now a hot topic, and carriers and vendors are aggressively working on LBS solutions. This report identifies use cases for the growing areas of location information services, analytics, and advertising in markets such as retail, hospitality, enterprise, public venues, entertainment, and emergency services. It examines the functional requirements of LBS deployments and the technology existing today to meet those requirements.
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Community Wi-Fi White Paper

WBA Joins Forces with over 20 Major Industry Players and a number of Industry Associations to Produce Best Practice Guidelines and Highlight Use Cases
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IPv6 for Carrier Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi Operator Guidelines

IPv6 is deemed a solution to multiple issues in a large scale Wi-Fi deployment. IPv6 use cases including infrastructure and user devices to be included in NGH and Passpoint future trials as well as Device Compatibility Program in WBA. An operator survey on IPv6 Usage in Wi-Fi Network has been conducted among WBA’s operator members. These guidelines explore the use cases and deployment considerations for IPv6 in carrier Wi-Fi network.
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Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) – based Integrated Small Cell Wi-Fi (ISW) Networks White Paper

This whitepaper represents the first deliverable from the collaboration between the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) and Small Cell Forum (SCF) towards exploring the benefits, opportunities and challenges of the adoption of integrated networks based on Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) Wi-Fi and Small Cells technologies and standards. As a result, both organizations intend to put in place a common roadmap of joint activities to accelerate the industry adoption of this crucial technological evolution.
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