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Wireless Gigabit Transport for Distributed Antenna Systems
- Is it a Viable Option?

Millimeterwave, Free Space Optics vs. Power Line Communications, or Fiber


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San Francisco, California

January 24-27, 2006

The Westin
San Francisco Airport
1 Old Bayshore Highway
Millbrae, CA 94030
Phone: (650) 692-3500
Fax: (650) 872-8111

Organized by the International Wireless Industry Consortium


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Moderated by
Don Brown, Director, IWPC
Rene Douville, Technical Director, IWPC


Workshop Background

The worldwide demand for cost effective mobile wireless voice AND data infrastructure with increasing bandwidth continues to grow driven by the desire to get good wireless access to the internet with high data rates. 

The challenge therefore is to increase more uniform coverage with increased datarate. 

Improved centralized solutions such as WCDMA, HSDPA, etc. are emerging but these require higher PA linearity and thus lower PA efficiency and therefore more heat, more power etc. 

One approach which basestation manufacturers are pursuing is to use distributed radio head ends mounted on remote tower or sites referred to as Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS). This will allow for possible reductions in the size of the radios, more uniform overall coverage at higher powers and possible reductions in the overall power consumed and thus OPEX for the network operators.  

A key to this implementation will be the availability of cost effective options for transporting the very high data rates expected from the hub to the many remote sites.  At present, dark fiber is the preferred option.  Can very broadband free space optic (FSO) or millimeterwave links be made competitive and if so where and under what conditions?


Workshop Goal

The GOAL of this workshop is to bring together senior leaders from THE ENTIRE SUPPLY CHAIN to facilitate and stimulate breakthrough thinking on emerging technologies and manufacturing methods which, when coupled with market needs and timings, and key system cost drivers, can substantially drive down the cost of the RF hardware and operating expenses associated with base station networks.

In short, the goal of this workshop is to create an open, interactive environment, where the entire supply chain can communicate, network, share technology requirements and capabilities, and achieve mutually desired goals.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

7:00 PM

Social and Networking 

Reception & Registration

At Hotel

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

7:00 AM

Breakfast & Registration


8:00 AM

Opening Remarks


8:15 AM  


Each person will be asked to introduce him/herself and share how they can contribute to this process

DAS Neutral Hosts --Networks and Markets

9:00 AM

Co-Host Keynotes


  • Distributed Antenna Network Description and Requirements

  • What are the key elements of DAS systems and what are the tradeoffs in equipment for the hubs vs. remote electronics?

  • What are the varieties of DAS systems?

    • Operator "Build-to-suit" Distributed Basestations

    • Neutral Hosts

  • Where do DASs make sense and where are they most attractive?

  • Who are the kinds of customers for DASs?

  • What are the market expectations, drivers and impediments to roll-out?

  • What are the perceived tradeoffs between OPEX and CAPEX and implications in moving to these kinds of systems?

  • Transport Requirements for DASs

  • What are the options for transporting the fronthaul to the remotes and what are the pros and cons of the options?

    • Fiber

    • E-Band

    • 60 GHz

    • FSO

    • Copper

    • Power Line Communications

  • What ranges of data rates are expected and required?

  • What are the implications of OBSAI and CPRI interfaces in the choice of transport? Are there alternatives?

  • What are the key challenges and desires of the Neutral Hosts?

  • What can neutral hosts do to better meet the needs and lower the operating costs of DAS systems?

  • What do the Neutral hosts wish from the supply chain?

  • Who is the customer for DAS equipment.

  • Etc.


Distributed Antenna Systems Description & Applications

Keith Radousky

Vice President Marketing
NextG Networks


Utility Infrastructure -  Transport Options that Improve Viability of DAS Deployments

Gabe Suarez

Network Engineering Director

PT Wireless





  • American Tower

  • Arqiva

  • ClearLinx

  • Crown Castle

  • Fiber Tower

  • NextG

  • PT Wireless

10:00 AM



10:30 AM

Co-Host Keynotes


The DAS Market and


Brian Jacks

VP Corporate Development

Crown Castle


Deployment Challenges in Broadband Microwave Links

Tarun Gupta

Chief Architect



11:30 AM


  • How do the service providers foresee introduction of distributed basestation architectures and tower mounted electronics into their networks?

  • What do the operators see as the pros and cons of distributed basestation architectures versus larger, more complex centralized systems? Maintenance, energy consumption, installation, etc.

  • What are the tradeoffs between OPEX and CAPEX implications in moving to these kinds of systems?

  • What might they see as the economic drivers for moving to distributed basestation network architectures? 

  • Will these be deployed as overlay networks or enhancements to existing basestations?

  • What will be the role if any of basestation hoteliers and site management organizations?


Operator Perspective: DAS/E-Band Opportunity

Harold Johnson

Director/Access Technology

Sprint Nextel


Cingular’s DAS Strategy

Mark Reudink

Manager, National RAN Design/Optimization and Standards

Cingular Wireless


  • Alltel Wireless

12:15 PM



1:15 PM



  • How do the neutral host providers foresee introduction of distributed basestation architectures and tower mounted electronics into their networks?

  • What do the neutral host providers see as the pros and cons of distributed basestation architectures versus larger, more complex centralized systems? Maintenance, energy consumption, installation, etc.

  • What might be the overall effect on site fees in comparison to centralized systems?

  • What might they see as the economic drivers for moving to distributed basestation network architectures? 

  • What do site managers see as their role in distributed basestation systems?

Panelists will be previous speakers 



Other Invited Cellular Operators 


Neutral Hosts



2:00 PM

Transport Options for DAS-1
- Fiber and FSO

Suppliers of optional, wireless and wired solutions for transporting the signals to the remote sites from the hubs will present their approaches. 

  • Fiber

  • Power Line Communications

  • E-Band

  • 60 GHz

  • FSO

Questions to be addressed:

  • Why and under what circumstances and set of parameters would their solution be the best?

    • Link data rate/bandwidth capacity

    • Electrical specification (link reliability/availability, jitter, delay, OBSAI/CPRI compatibility, etc.) 

    • Expansion potential

    • Installation costs

    • Maintenance costs

    • Greenfield vs. legacy installations

  • What do they foresee might change that could bring down the cost of DAS fronthaul transport costs? OPEX?  CAPEX?

Fiber For DAS - A Viable Long Term Solution

Dan Clark

Vice President Business Development

Byers Engineering Company


Optical Wireless as a High-Bandwidth DAS Fronthaul and Backhaul Transport Option

Dr. Heinz Willebrand


Randel Maestre

Director, Product Management

LightPointe Communications


3:00 PM


3:30 PM

Transport Options for DAS -2
- Millimeterwave


Distance, Capacity and Spectrum Options For DAS Using 60-90 GHz Multi-Gigabit Links

Gregg Levin

Sr. VP, Product Operations

BridgeWave Communications


70/80 GHz Radio – Viable Fiber-Replacement Option for DAS Fronthaul Transport?

Dan Scharre

President & CEO

Loea Corporation


Total-Cost-of-Ownership-Approach Applied to mmW-Links, an Evaluation Tool

Romeo Premerlani

Product Unit Manager

Huber + Suhner


5:00 PM

Transport Options for DAS-3
Broadband Powerline



E-Line: Gbps over Power Line

Glenn Elmore


Corridor Systems


5:30 PM



6:30 PM


San Francisco Style  

Bus Transportation provided to and from hotel

Thursday, January 26, 2006

7:00 AM



8:00 AM


Transport Options for DAS






  • PowerWave

  • ADC

  • Andrew

  • LightPointe

  • Corridor




Other Transport Option Suppliers present


8:45 AM  

DAS Suppliers' Views on Architecture
Transport Options

  • What are some examples of DAS network architectures and what are the relative pros and cons?

  • What do the different transport solutions offer for the front haul in DASs? 

    • Fiber

    • Power Line Communications

    • Free Space Optics (FSO)

    • 60 GHz

    • E-Band

    • Microwave

    • etc.

  • What are their views on the pros and cons for each of these for DAS transport and what are the consequences for or to:

    • Field operations

    • Installation

    • Maintenance

    • Repair

    • Servicing

    • Energy Consumption

    • Site fees 

    • Multi-user access and management

  • What do the remote stations subsystem suppliers have to understand when interfacing to these transport systems?

  • What will the implications be for these system choices be on other emerging technologies:

    • SDR

    • Reconfigurable Radios and Smart Antennas

    • Other Broadband Service Delivery options (e.g. WiMAX?)

  • What are the implications of the OBSAI and CPRI interface standards on choice of the transport solutions?

  • What are the CAPEX/OPEX tradeoffs and implications in going to each of these particular transport solutions?

Fiber Optic DAS Alternatives and Applicability

Greg Santee

Director, Wireless Innovations - Americas

Andrew Corporation


Experiences and Observations of Digital FSO and MMW Transport for DAS

Mayank Amin

Senior RF and Optics Engineer

ADC Telecommunications


The Impact of a Fully-Digital Architecture on DAS Network Transport

Steve Wood
System Engineer





10:15 AM



10:45 AM


DAS System Supplier and OEM Views

11:45 AM


1:00 PM

Enabling Technologies

What are the key technologies and how can improvements and developments help reduce the OPEX or the CAPEX of the transport solutions?

Millimeterwave Semiconductor Device technologies

Millimeterwave device packaging

Thermal Mounting, Temperature Control and Environmental Techniques

Cabling and connectors

Material options

Testing and diagnostics


Design Tools


Overcoming the Design and Manufacturing Challenges of High-Volume Millimeterwave Radio Equipment

Dan Teuthorn

Vice President, Engineering

Endwave Corporation


Addressing Interface Requirements with Different DAS Technologies

Asif Batada

Strategic Marketing Manager



MMICs for Wireless Gigabit Applications

Manny Quijije

Product Manager

Northrop Grumman Velocium


1Gbit/s+ to the Home: CMOS for low cost large deployment of 1Gbit/s+ wireless solutions indoors and outdoors at 60GHz

Luiz Franca-Neto

Tech. Leader & Manager

Broadband Wireless Division



3:00 PM


3:30 PM


Host Panel session and Operators


The hosts will be asked to recap the extent to which the workshop has addressed their wish lists.

  • Have we answered your questions? 

  • Do you now have better insight into the tradeoffs and values for the different options? 

  • What gaps do you see and what should be done to address these gaps? (Communications and Technology) 

  • What can the IWPC do to help move this process forward?


Hosts and Operators 

4:15 PM

Take Aways & Closing Remarks

5:00 PM  


7:00 PM  

Dinner (Dutch *)

* = in this context, Dutch is a term which means that each person will be responsible for their own dinner costs.

For those who desire to join us, we get together to enjoy good friends, good food, good wine and [really] bad jokes


Deadline for electronic version of handout materials: 

January 13, 2006



ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to cover out of pocket workshop costs such as conference room costs, food (Social Reception plus First Day breakfast/lunch/dinner plus Second Day breakfast/lunch plus 4 Breaks), booklet copying, audio/visual costs, etc.

We estimate that these costs will be $549. (USD) per person. (For IWPC Members, only.)

ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to pay this fee in advance with either Visa, Mastercard, American Express, cash, personal check or business check.

Make checks payable to IWPC.


The Westin
San Francisco Airport
1 Old Bayshore Highway
Millbrae, CA 94030
Phone: (650) 692-3500
Fax: (650) 872-8111

Please contact the hotel directly for reservations.  Mention the IWPC room block rate of $159 USD

Cut-off date for reservations is January 9, 2006.  After that date rooms cannot be guaranteed at the IWPC rate.

A personalized Web site for IWPC occurring
(January 23, 2006 - January 27, 2006) has been created.
Guests can access the site to learn more about the event and to book,
modify, or cancel a reservation from December 14, 2005 to January 30, 2006
Access to the site is organized by guest type and can be obtained by going to
the appropriate link below:
IWPC (click here or cut/paste the following into a browser)


A Computer Projector will be available for the speakers.  

 In addition, we audiotape all presentations and the interactive discussions.  Post workshop, presentations are made available to IWPC Members on the IWPC WEB site, along with “movies” of all presentations and panel sessions.


Business cards will be collected at the door from all attendees. We will make copies of these cards, which will be available to all who provided a business card.


Business casual suggested.   No ties, please !!


IWPC prepares a handout binder with ALL presentation materials delivered to the IWPC on or before the deadline.

For ALL IWPC members:

All IWPC members are invited to submit a maximum of 4 pages of materials to include in this handout binder. These pages should NOT BE SALES MATERIALS. Rather, we suggest it contain technical information about your technology as it relates to the workshop topics.

For all companies who will be making a presentation at the Workshop:

You are invited to submit an advance copy of your presentation, complete with graphics and illustrations.

These materials will be copied and handed out at the workshop and included in the IWPC Web site.

Please submit these materials either by email, as a Word for Windows file, Power Point files or PDF files.

Please send electronic materials (any size file) to:
[email protected]

or by snail mail to:
600 Louis Drive, Suite 104

Warminster, PA  18974  USA

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