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STL报告 - 融合、共存,还是竞争:5G与Wi-Fi 6将如何互动?


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随着用户对5G和Wi-Fi 6的需求不断快速增长,以及两者的标准相互交织的程度越来越高,探索两种技术之间相互融合可能性的最佳时机已经到来。

在这份执行简报中,STL Partners对5G和Wi-Fi 6供应侧和需求侧的众多机构进行了调研,了解他们对无线市场中融合前景的反馈。这些调研不仅反映了关于融合、共存和竞争的持久辩论,也展示了业内各关键机构的观点和更多见解:

  • 对融合和共存定义的澄清。

  • 融合的市场环境条件和需要融合解决方案的客户类型。

  • 融合的两种模型:弹性和切换,以及相关的用例。

  • 在融合获得普遍接纳之前运营商所面临的障碍。

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.

There are several barriers that suppliers must address, and technology inflection points that the industry must reach if convergence is to become more widely adopted. These include:

  •  The availability of 5G-enabled devices: Until more 5G chips become available, convergence will remain relegated to relatively specific use cases that rely on the switchover model or the resilience model of convergence. Despite industry standards that promote the technical possibility of convergence, the full ecosystem needs to work in concert for convergence to become more widespread.

  • 5G maturity: Release 16 introduces Access Traffic Steering, Switching & Splitting (ATSSS) which enables convergence, but is still 2-3 years away from widespread deployment.

  • Wi-Fi dominance: Wi-Fi is the incumbent enterprise wireless technology. 5G must demonstrate its value before it can be considered as a partner (or alternative) to Wi-Fi. Furthermore, Wi-Fi and 5G continue to evolve as independent technologies, so by the time release 16 comes to maturity, Wi-Fi may be on Wi-Fi 6E or 7. Moving goalposts may complicate the possibility of convergence.

  • Ownership/management of converged networks: Converged solutions are complex to manage and deciding who does this is needed for convergence to scale. Operators will always prefer to manage their own networks and will likely be keen to offer a complete solution that includes both cellular and Wi-Fi.

  •  Educating customers: If supply side players are keen to promote converged solutions, it is their responsibility to educate enterprise customers about the benefits and use cases it can serve in order to generate demand. 

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