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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? datafile. Located at: Kent Academic Repository. 10.1109/ICTON.2016.7550322. (doi:10.1109/ICTON.2016.7550322)

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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: Datasets / databases
DOI/Identification number: 10.1109/ICTON.2016.7550322
Projects: [UNSPECIFIED] iCIRRUS - intelligent Converged network consolIdating Radio and optical access aRound USer equipment
Uncontrolled keywords: Ethernet access networks, fiber-wireless integration, fixed-mobile convergence, fiber fronthaul
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering > TK5101 Telecommunications > TK5103.59 Optical communications, Fibre-optics
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts > Broadband & Wireless Communications
Depositing User: Conny Jumel
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2017 16:47 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2019 08:21 UTC
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