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Analog vs. next-generation digital fronthaul: How to minimize optical bandwidth utilization

 
: Hinrichs, M.; Fernandez del Rosal, L.; Kottke, C.; Jungnickel, V.

Cinkler, T. ; International Federation for Information Processing -IFIP-, Technical Committee 6, Communication Systems; IEEE Communications Society:
International Conference on Optical Network Design and Modeling, ONDM 2017. Conference proceedings : 15-17 May 2017, Budapest, Hungary
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2017
ISBN: 978-3-901882-93-7
ISBN: 978-1-5090-4006-3
S.110-115
International Conference on Optical Network Design and Modeling (ONDM) <21, 2017, Budapest>
European Commission EC
H2020; 644526; iCIRRUS
intelligent Converged network consolIdating Radio and optical access aRound USer equipment
Englisch
Konferenzbeitrag
Fraunhofer HHI ()

Abstract
In this paper we investigate two promising approaches to reduce the optical bandwidth utilization in the mobile fronthaul of next-generation cloud radio access networks. We analyze and compare the performance of an analog radio-over-fiber and a new digital fronthaul in a chromatic dispersion-limited scenario. The former uses several analog channels, generated by up-and down-converting of baseband signals, and the latter utilizes simple OOK NRZ for the transmission to the remote radio head. Both principles are applied to a custom millimeter-wave system, consisting of several analog channels with baseband bandwidths as expected for 5G. The performance of both concepts at transmission rates of up to 100 Gb/s and 100 km of fiber is evaluated. We will show that both approaches are suitable for transmission distances typical for fronthaul and discuss their advantages and disadvantages. Furthermore, an optimized bandwidth concept for the analog radio-over-fiber system is presented, which enables transmission distances on the scale of metro networks.

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