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Across the WiFi/5G divide, two operator-led bodies seek a converged RAN

The WiFi versus 3GPP topic is one that never goes away. Even when a cooperation between the two ecosystems is announced – like this week’s far-reaching joint white paper issued by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) and Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance – it only serves to highlight the long line of wasted opportunities to bring the two main wireless platforms closer together. The debate has gained new life from the similar timings of the newest round of standards. Will WiFi 6 (based on the IEEE’s 802.11ax specifications) make 5G New Radio redundant? Or will 5G cover so many bases that it will squeeze WiFi into a small corner, especially when an unlicensed spectrum version appears? Of course, neither…

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