Wi-Fi’s Importance Reaffirmed as Wi-Fi and 5G Private Network Convergence Strategies Emerge

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By Andrew Spivey | 2Q 2022 | IN-6542


Cisco is Joining the Bandwagon


Cisco’s announcement that its Private 5G solution will integrate with Wi-Fi was one of the most significant news stories to emerge from this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC). This cloud-based private 5G subscription service will offer 5G- and Industrial-Internet of Things (IoT) network management and integration with Cisco’s identity and policy system, will be based on Open Radio Access Network (RAN) principles that drive the interoperability of multivendor cellular network equipment, and will leverage the best of both Wi-Fi and 5G for optimal performance. In a blog post accompanying the MWC 2022 unveiling, Masum Mir, Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Mobile, Cable, and IoT business at Cisco, stressed that there are many attractive use cases for introducing private 5G alongside Wi-Fi, writing that “you don’t have to choose between 5G and Wi-Fi – you can use both”. With this announcement Cisco has joined the growing collection of companies, spanning both fixed networking and cellular operators, who are working on incorporating …

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