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Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) and the Path to 5G Wireless Wireline Convergence (WWC)

I have covered Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) on The 3G4G Blog here and looked at automated HetNet design which included FWA links here. I have also covered Wireline Wireless Convergence (WWC) as part of 5G and Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC) posts. The links to the posts are available at the end.
Back in December, Juniper took part in a Light Reading webinar which is being shared as part of this post. With revenues flat and traffic continuing to explode, the unsustainable state of network economics needs another disruption. The 5G deployment cycle offers an insertion opportunity for new converged architectures. Wireless offload solutions can re-route the traffic of data-hogging mobile subscribers over wireline cores built for bandwidth and performance rather than mobile cores (EPC) primarily designed for mobility and portability.

The 5G Network Architecture in 3GPP Release-16 allows the convergence of fixed and wireless networks. This also allows many new opportunities as can be seen in the picture above and along with that, new revenue opportunities.
A different representation of the converged architecture, discussed in our 3G4G Blog tutorials can also be seen in the picture above. Converged subscriber core architectures are being driven by industry groups, including the Broadband Forum (BBF) and 3GPP, with standards for 5G/wireline mediation functions such as access gateway function (AGF) and fixed mobile internetworking function (FMIF). In 2020, SPs begin serious wireless wireline convergence efforts.

The webinar video is embedded below.


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