5G intends to enable a seamlessly connected society in the 2020 timeframe and beyond that brings together people along with things, data, applications, transport systems and cities in a smart networked communications environment.
Rather than focusing on the definition of 5G standards, WBA vision is to focus on the use cases being discussed, their context for application throughout the real world, and how Wi-Fi and other unlicensed technologies can play a key role in enabling those under 5G framework, include assessing the approaches of how to integrate Wi-Fi and 5G:
• Access Centric Integration (e.g. LWA / LWIP)
• Core-Centric Integration (e.g. ePDG)
• Above-the core integration (e.g. Multi-Path TCP)
Outcomes / Target Audience
In this whitepaper, WBA will advocate and clarify the role of Wi-Fi in 5G and avoid duplication of efforts at a standardization level. We aim to help the industry identifying business opportunities through early testing of recent Wi-Fi VS Cellular aggregation technologies.
The paper will cover:
Definition of 5G networks and its components, technologies and architecture, leveraging on ongoing key forums work and use cases
Explore how 5G will increase network capacity, offload, services enablement, policy, etc.
Explore how to combine licensed and unlicensed technologies on the 5G architecture to meet the broad range of IMT-2020 requirements
Explore how to address gaps between the different technologies (authentication, user usability, devices management, etc.)
Foreseen Wi-Fi evolution to cope with 5G predicted requirements and use cases – How WBA Members (Vendors & Operators) can work together to promote upcoming Wi-Fi capabilities, including standardization of interfaces
Early trials on approach to aggregate Wi-Fi and 5G (e.g. Multi-Path TCP)