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The new flexible mobile fronthaul: Digital or analog, or both?

Gomes, Nathan J., Assimakopoulos, Philippos, Al-Hares, Mohamad Kenan, Habib, Usman, Noor, Shabnam (2016) The new flexible mobile fronthaul: Digital or analog, or both? In: 2016 18th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks (ICTON). . pp. 1-4. IEEE ISBN 978-1-5090-1468-2. E-ISBN 978-1-5090-1467-5. (doi:10.1109/ICTON.2016.7550322) (KAR id:57860)


It has become apparent that current fronthaul technology cannot be simply extended to meet the projected demands of 5G and beyond mobile systems. This current technology, based on the transport of sampled radio waveforms, has been the preferred option, with analog radio over fiber reserved to relatively niche application scenarios. However, for future systems, it is recognised that different functional splits between the central location and the remote units are needed; sampled waveform transport is not scalable to these systems. We propose a flexible fronthaul, therefore, in which both digital and analog transport technologies can coexist. Using practical examples from our work, we describe where these technologies can be used in the future fronthaul.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1109/ICTON.2016.7550322
Subjects: T Technology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Depositing User: Tina Thompson
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 14:02 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2022 23:11 UTC
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Gomes, Nathan J..

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Assimakopoulos, Philippos.

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Al-Hares, Mohamad Kenan.

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Noor, Shabnam.

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