Convergence, coexistence or competition: How will 5G and Wi-Fi 6 interact?
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As standards for Wi-Fi and cellular become increasingly entwined, there has never been a greater technical possibility for convergence. This report explores the market view of future convergence from both supply and demand side perspectives.
Format: PDF filePages: 21 pages Charts: 4 Author: Grace Donnelly, Senior Consultant Publication Date: January 2022
Table of Contents
- Executive Summary
- Convergence is still immature on both the demand and supply sides
- What do we mean by co-existence, convergence and competition?
- The market context for convergence
- Industry bodies have been promoting convergence
- Spectrum auctions
- There is a disconnect between theory and practice
- There are two key use cases for convergence
- A future trend towards convergence is still immature
- Regional differences in the maturity of 5G
- Inconsistent definitions
- Who manages convergence?
- It is still too early to see high levels of demand for convergence from enterprise customers
- Wi-Fi is the incumbent, 5G must overcome a number of barriers before it can become a genuine partner or alternative
- Decisions regarding convergence are driven by industry characteristics
- Supply side players must educate enterprise customers about convergence (if they believe it is beneficial to the enterprise)
Table of Figures
- Figure 1: There are a number of key differences between next generation Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity
- Figure 2: There are two potential models of convergence: the resilience model and the switchover model
- Figure 3: To date, 11 manufacturing and automotive customers have requested converged solutions from a European NEP
- Figure 4: Only a small number of operators have deployed 5G standalone core
Technologies and industry terms referenced include: 5G, cellular, cellular technologies, Convergence, mobile, Networks, wifi, wifi 5, wifi 6, wireless