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WiBACK: A back-haul network architecture for 5G networks

: Niephaus, Christian; Aliu, Osianoh Glenn; Kretschmer, Mathias; Hadzic, Senka; Ghinea, Gheorghita


Institution of Engineering and Technology -IET-:
International Conference on Frontiers of Communications, Networks and Applications, ICFCNA 2014 : Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3-5 November 2014; Proceedings
London: IET, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-78561-072-1 (Print)
6 S.
International Conference on Communications, Networks and Applications (ICFCNA) <2014, Kuala Lumpur>
Fraunhofer FOKUS ()

Recently both academic and industry worlds has started to define the successor of Long Term Evolution (LTE), so-called 5G networks, which will most likely appear by the end of the decade. It is widely accepted that those 5G networks will have to deal with significantly more challenging requirements in terms of provided bandwidth, latency and supported services. This will lead to not only modifications in access and parts of core networks, but will trigger changes throughout the whole network, including the Back-haul segment. In this work we present our vision of a 5G Back-haul network and identify the associated challenges. We then describe our Wireless Backhaul (WiBACK) architecture, which implements Software Defined Network (SDN) concepts and further extends them into the wireless domain. Finally we present a brief overview of our pilot installations before we conclude.