Wireless-Optical Network Convergence: Enabling the 5G Architecture to Support Operational and End-User Services

Markos Anastasopoulos

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Abstract

This article presents a converged 5G network infrastructure and an overarching architecture to jointly support operational network and end-user services, proposed by the EU 5G PPP project 5G-XHaul. The 5G-XHaul infrastructure adopts a common fronthaul/backhaul network solution, deploying a wealth of wireless technologies and a hybrid active/passive optical transport, supporting flexible fronthaul split options. This infrastructure is evaluated through a novel modeling. Numerical results indicate significant energy savings at the expense of increased end-user service delay.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Communications Magazine
Early online date3 Aug 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Aug 2017

Keywords

  • 5G
  • backhauling
  • fronthauling
  • small cells
  • C-RAN

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