TCP x 5G: Mind the Gap

The mobile cellular network and the Internet evolved in parallel, with each treating the other as a black box. Each generation of the cellular network admitted a few more Internet-based mechanisms into its internal structure, but 5G is now embracing some of the best practices in building scalable Internet services. That puts us on the cusp of finally being able bridge the gap between these two global networks. By applying a systems view to the increasingly common case where TCP runs over wireless links, we can stop treating the Internet and 5G as distinct worlds, and improve the end-to-end performance of the overall system. 

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