Develop deploy and monetize cost-effective plug and play open source powered Wi-Fi networks, collaborating across Service providers, infrastructure and application developers, and community connectivity stakeholders.
The Wi-Fi Project Group is developing a disaggregated End-to-End Wi-Fi solution, consisting of access points (APs) and a cloud-native control/management plane which interfaces to mobile operators’ core networks to enable mobile data offload. Our design is being driven by ease of operation and low total cost of ownership (TCO).
Infrastructure & Software (Open Wi-Fi)
TIP Open Wi-Fi Infrastructure
Mission: Democratize Wi-Fi networks, foster collaboration and boost innovation across Wi-Fi network infrastructure suppliers and service providers.
Even as Wi-Fi continues to grow exponentially across multiple market segments, service providers face limitations and constraints of limited supplier choice, lock-in effect of architecture choices and increased costs. Via collaboration between infrastructure vendors, application developers and service providers we work together we aim to address constraints and expand the market for Wi-Fi solutions.
Group Leads: Joachim Fritz-Westphal (Deutsche Telekom, AG), Chris Busch (Facebook), Chetan Hebbalae (Facebook)
Solutions and Applications
This sub-group in the TIP Wi-Fi PG looks at end to end use cases to drive Wi-Fi network monetization and bringing solutions that offer a positive return on investment to owners of Wi-Fi networks.
Our current project focus: Infrastructure vendors, application developers and service providers we work together with While cellular coverage is expected to keep expanding over the next few years, the bandwidth available per user is projected to decrease outside developed markets. Operators are looking at offloading cellular traffic to Wi-Fi as a way to address this shortage of access capacity, allowing them to connect more users. Also optimally deciding best network to connect to will also improve users’ connection speeds. The project group aims to drive convergence and develop specs in specific areas related to mobile data offloading including profile distribution, connectivity management and policy enforcement.
Group Leads: Jim Mains (Shoelace Wireless), Sascha Dech (Deutsche Telekom, AG)
Coordinate with other relevant bodies and organizations concerned with Wi-Fi networks, technology and standards. Beside potential others, the project group will coordinate with WFA, WBA, BBF and IEEE.
Though a significant investment in innovation has been made towards improving and securing the enterprise use case, Wi-Fi has been offered by service providers as a best-effort service to consumers. However, as consumers depend more on Wi-Fi-enabled devices and as operators look at tackling spectrum congestion via offloading cellular traffic to Wi-Fi, it is becoming critical to deliver carrier-grade services through Wi-Fi at an acceptable price point.
The Project Group will work on improving Wi-Fi Internet connectivity and pursue opportunities to deploy innovative technology and business models for Wi-Fi networks. The emphasis will be on bringing solutions to the market in the shortest possible time frame, leveraging the collective leadership, expertise, and influence of Project Group members.
Technology: Develop hardware and software, methods, that will make Wi-Fi networks less expensive and easier to manage and operate.
- Interoperability: Develop software, methods, standards and APIs that allow for operators/system integrators to build custom solutions, mix Wi-Fi vendors, and interoperability with cellular mobile networks for access and backhaul.
- Monetization: Develop methods, standards, APIs, etc. that make it easier for operators to monetize Wi-Fi networks.
- Coordination: The Project Group will coordinate with other relevant bodies and organizations concerned with Wi-Fi networks and technology.