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 Solution Group is chartered to work on use cases that are essential to the advancement of Wi-Fi as a fundamental technology in delivering the next generation of Internet access, wirelessly. In particular, the group advances the goals of operators, vendors, and end customers (service providers), working collaboratively across operators, vendors, and industry organizations.inable to deploy Wi-Fi networks.
The Wi-Fi solution project group is focused on making End-to-End Wi-Fi connectivity solutions a success. The group focuses on the design, development, validation, end to end badging, and publication of such Wi-Fi-based connectivity solutions.
The group’s activities include:
- Publishing and managing end-to-end test plan templates and badging requirements for multivendor interoperable networks, working collaboratively and in close consultations with the Open Converged Wireless software group
- Define Wi-Fi scoring that envisions delivery of a holistic network quality of service indicators, for use by service providers. The advertised “Wi-Fi network score” will help service provers make near real time decisions, to influence client device behavior, impacting 4G/5G offload to Wi-Fi networks and inter Wi-Fi network load balancing.
- Test and validate Wi-Fi based solutions through lab and field trials conducted in TIP Community Labs, as well as hosted by Service Providers or other TIP participants
- Publish solution designs, white papers, and blueprints validated through TIP trials
- Define Wi-Fi monetization solutions, driven by over-the-top infrastructure applications and client (device) apps, bringing solutions that make it profitable, attractive and sustainable to deploy Wi-Fi networks.
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.
Wi-Fi usage has grown dramatically in recent years. New latency sensitive applications, driven by advances in Augmented Reality and Virtual reality (AR/VR), are expected to further drive massive adoption of Wi-Fi, adding at the tune of at least $183.44 billion to the U.S economy between 2020 and 2025 [Ref] and nearly $5 Trillion in economic benefits, globally. The Wi-Fi industry has responded to these challenges with the introduction of the new High-efficiencyWi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) protocol addressing both broadband and Internet of things (IOT) applications.
Governments too are responding to this potential for massive growth. The US led the way with a massive allocation of 1,200 MHz of spectrum for unlicensed use, followed closely by the U.K, UAE and others and most recently by Brazil. More countries are expected to follow soon, paving the way for upcoming Wi-Fi 6E implementations – making Wi-Fi a de facto go-to technology of choice for wireless communications.
For the emerging 5G world, the combination of High densityWi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6E and 5G offer service providers a great set of tools to deliver ubiquitous, always on connectivity. With 5G and Wi-Fi together in their tool kit, service providers have the freedom to optimize and trade off services against cost. This enables them to tailor their solutions optimally, fitting the customer or Enterprise ARPU curve, addressing everything from from handling latency sensitive industrial, automotive and mobile use cases, to best effort broadband service.