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3GPP vs. IEEE: Did standards bodies miss an opportunity to align 5G and Wi-Fi?

July 9, 2018


The 3GPP has finalized the non-standalone and standalone 5G New Radio (NR) standards and is further defining the next generation of cellar to align with IMT-2020 performance requirements. Wi-Fi is simultaneously following a develop roadmap, laid out by the IEEE,  meant to continually increase capacity and better serve high-density deployment scenarios to enable internet of things-type applications. Two industry watchers say 3GPP and IEEE missed an opportunity to align the standards despite the overlap between the two access technologies.

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