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An Ethernet-Based Fronthaul Implementation with MAC/PHY Split LTE Processing

Birring, G.S. and Assimakopoulos, Philippos and Gomes, Nathan J. (2017) An Ethernet-Based Fronthaul Implementation with MAC/PHY Split LTE Processing. In: GLOBECOM 2017 - 2017 IEEE Global Communications Conference. IEEE, pp. 1-6. ISBN 978-1-5090-5020-8. E-ISBN 978-1-5090-5019-2. (doi:10.1109/GLOCOM.2017.8254712)

Abstract

A testbed implementation for an Ethernet fronthaul transporting signals arising from a long-term evolution (LTE) functional subdivision (“split”) at the media-access control (MAC)/physical layer (PHY) interface is presented. Based on open LTE base station software, the testbed demonstrates significant data rate reductions compared to current fronthaul implementations that rely on In-phase and Quadrature radio sample transportation and data rates that scale with cell load. All generated traffic flows are clearly distinguishable using appropriate packet headers. A selection of test cases and their corresponding results are presented to demonstrate the operation of the fronthaul and the performance of individual flows in terms of data rates and overheads.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1109/GLOCOM.2017.8254712
Uncontrolled keywords: Functional split; Long-Term Evolution; 5th Generation; Ethernet; Fronthaul, Cloud-RAN
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering > TK5101 Telecommunications
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering > TK7800 Electronics
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Depositing User: Philippos Assimakopoulos
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2018 18:27 UTC
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2019 10:48 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/65911 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Assimakopoulos, Philippos: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2550-1317
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