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Will Wi-Fi Make 5G LTE Irrelevant?

Discussion in 'Wireless Article Discussions' started by thiggins, May 1, 2017.

  1. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

    May 18, 2008
    Wi-Fi may have a better shot than 5G LTE in the race to be the next mobile technology.

    Read on SmallNetBuilder
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  2. Marko Koskenoja

    Marko Koskenoja New Around Here

    May 1, 2017
    Good job Tim! This was a well written account of the different views and possibilities that WiFi, LTE and 5G may take in the near future. Very informative - thank you.
  3. sfx2000

    sfx2000 Part of the Furniture

    Aug 11, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    LTE is more than just a radio interface (the eUTRAN) - it's an architecture, which has always included WiFi (and CDMA/EVDO) as part of the Evolved Packet Core. Same for Wimax/802.16...

    While the e-UTRAN was technically very strong, it was the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) that won the race...

    "5G" is a marketing term, but where we're at - the 3GPP LTE-EPC is not just pushing higher speeds, it's expanding into things like the IoT arena (NB-IOT for one), and improved interconnectivity across different bearers...

    It's a very interesting time for the telco's especially, as the EPC specs define interfaces, but they don't define implementation - and we see ATT and Verizon (along with others) migrating their cores into something more cloudlike similar to Google, Amazon, and Microsoft...
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  4. iwod

    iwod Regular Contributor

    May 28, 2008
    With LTE, you pretty much get a decent AND guarantee connection. So far WiFi feels like a best effort ( Whether it is designed like that or not )
    Logging in still sucks, some AP are stuck with ADSL backbone. And in high populated area it is hugely congested and UX mostly sucks.

    I am waiting to see if LTE-U, LAA, or MuLTEFire will be better.
  5. Marko Koskenoja

    Marko Koskenoja New Around Here

    May 1, 2017
  6. Threska49

    Threska49 Regular Contributor

    Aug 6, 2015
    Good article. One does get the impression that all of it is "throwing at the wall, and see what sticks"? Not the most efficient way to building a nationwide "last mile".