Evolving Mobile Backhaul

Access Network Connectivity for Ultra-Dense
Urban LTE-A and 5G Networks

Keynote by:


January 21-23, 2015


Hilton Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf, Germany



Limited to 100 seats

First Registered, First Served!

Attendance open to Network Infrastructure, mmWave Thrusts or Full IWPC Members


As Mobile Networks evolve through 4G and LTE-A, how can transport networks support increasing bandwidth requirements. Industry leaders will discuss and debate new network topologies, architectures and trends aimed at delivering the optimum performance in terms of throughput, latency and resilience.

Workshop Goals

  • Assess state-of-the-art and explore evolutionary paths for backhaul and fronthaul capabilities
  • Understand LTE-A RAN evolution and transport requirements
  • Assess current limitations of current wireless solutions and potential for future growth
  • Consider what 5G will mean for access network connectivity


January 21



Evening Reception



January 22



Opening Remarks and Introduction



Host Keynote Remarks

  • Access Network Connectivity for Ultra Dense Urban LTE-A and 5G networks
  • Reviewing state of the art in today's mobile backhaul networks
  • Understanding LTE-A RAN evolution and its transport requirements
  • Considering what 5G may look like and what this will mean for access network connectivity
  • Supporting flexible allocation of backhaul and/or fronthaul resources
  • Providing end to end and top to bottom service optimization

Access Network Connectivity for Ultra Dense Urban LTE-A and 5G Network

Principal Network Architect


Networking Break


Standards Update

Introduction to ETSI Millimeter Wave Transmission ISG

Chief Engineer, NEC


OEM Perspectives

  • Global case studies from trials and commercial deployments
  • Exploring the future potential for high performance wireless backhaul
  • Assessing the most suitable backhaul technologies to meet higher bandwidth access network requirements
    • Fiber opportunities, challenges and trade-offs
    • Wireless line of Sight (LoS), Non-LoS
    • Considering opportunities and challenges for mmWave and microwave bands
  • Is fiber the only solution for a virtualized network?
  • What impact will virtualization have on Wireless Backhaul?

Microwave for Ultra-Broadband Era-Addressing the Challenges of LTE-A and 5G Backhaul

Product Strategy Manager




Networking Lunch



OEM Perspectives (Continued)

Emerging Trends and Applications of Fixed Wireless Services

Chief Engineer





Evolution in Microwave Technology and Application to Support 4G and in Perspective 5G Mobile Networks

Senior Marketing Manager



Mixing Wireless Technologies and Architectures for Large Scale Wireless Backhaul for Small Cells

Director of Product Management for Europe


Networking Break



OEM Perspectives (Continued)

Microwave towards 2020

Head of Portfolio and strategy


What's Tiny, Fast and Sits on a Pole? That should be Your Street-Level Millimeter-Wave Backhaul

Director of Product Management and Marketing


Panel Session

  • How are operators addressing the backhaul challenges as LTE and small cells are deployed?
  • How can wireless backhaul ease siting and deployment challenges - Global Case Studies and Performance results
  • How can regulators help mobile operators drive the deployment of infrastructure which will underpin evolving mobile network technologies?
  • How do operators optimize backhaul network architecture and dimensioning for future networks?
  • Evolving the backhaul network to positively impact CAPEX and OPEX
  • What capacity and dimensioning in the access and aggregation layers of backhaul need to be considered?
  • How will end-to-end latency, network synchronization and security evolve within the wireless backhaul arena?
  • Backhaul capacity requirements; backhaul network interfaces and considerations
  • Considering LTE Advanced and impact on Mobile backhaul
  • What are the barriers to small-cell mobile network deployments?
  • How does wireless backhaul play its role to support higher capacity density?
  • Small Cell Backhaul - which Technologies will be deployed (fiber, DSL, LOS, NON LOS mmWave) and which field trails are ongoing?
  • How are global operators deploying 70/80 GHz - licensing and regulatory updates for millimeter wave bands
  • Frequencies of interest (licensed and unlicensed)
  • Bandwidth requirements
  • Modulation Schemes
  • Deployment issues
  • Operator concerns/pain points
  • New requirements looking towards 5G
  • Macrocell vs. small cell issues/concerns
  • How do fixed and wireless solutions compare and what will 5G require in terms of access network connectivity?



Adjourn for Day



Networking Dinner (Gunnewig Restaurant Top 180)

Bus transportation provided to and from hotel

January 23




Technology Enablers

  • Meeting mobile operators growing bandwidth, reliability and performance demands - Opportunities, challenges
  • What impact will virtualization have on the access and transport eco-system?
  • How will network function virtualization potentially simplify backhaul deployment?
  • How can transport networks overcome capacity, resiliency and QoS challenges in 4G and future 5G networks?
  • How can transport utilize the virtualization concept effectively
  • Considering revolutionary approaches for mobile backhaul - Exploring CAPEX and OPEX advantages over traditional approaches
  • What are the solutions for interference in low frequencies - below 6 GHz?
  • Are there opportunities for mmWave backhaul in the 92-95 GHz band?
  • What is the potential for combining licensed and unlicensed spectrum to create a bigger data pipe?
  • Can new millimeter-wave backhaul enable mass deployment of street-level backhaul?
  • How can quick site acquisition and interference-free operation in dense street canyons be achieved?
  • Making line-of-Sight radio link installation easy - Considering automatic installation, commissioning and provisioning tools
  • Ultra-Reliable Networks; what does this mean for backhaul?
  • Exploring synchronization requirements and how to deliver them
  • Review of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) capabilities and vulnerabilities

The evolving role of Synchronization in Mobile Backhaul

Consulting Engineer



A Novel Technology to Increase Spectral Efficiency for Mobile Backhaul Applications

Industry Standards Manager




mmw Edgehaul: The Third Network

Business Lead






Networking Break



Technology Enablers (continued)

  • Enablers for Front Haul/Cloud RAN
  • Small Cell backhaul
  • Exploring 60 GHz low and high power operation
  • Technology trade-offs fiber vs. LOS vs. EBAND etc.
  • Component and sub-system requirements
  • C-RAN, fonthaul topics - alternatives to dark fiber and CPRI, bringing content to the antenna by using cache - versus virtualization of base band units
  • Evolution from hybrid to Ethernet only backhaul network
  • Time frame design of backhaul capacities
  • Backhaul network migration to support small cell era
  • Sync needs for small-cell
  • Integration of backhaul and fronthaul
  • SDN aspects to optimize backhaul
  • Tunnelless backhaul
  • Capacity planning for HetNet deployments
  • Use of innovative techniques to increase the density of backhaul links that can be served from a given location, e.g. fiber PoP to a point to point or point to multipoint configuration with auto failover and protection of links
  • Reducing the cost of backhaul deployment by using autoinstall and configuration to allow use of lower skilled installers
  • Developments in electronically steered antennas for alignment of >60GHz PtP links
  • Higher frequencies, Wideband
  • Combing Access and Backhaul
  • Future of mmWave
  • Radio over Ethernet
  • Backhaul resource management
  • Software defined infrastructure, etc.
  • Current and next generation topologies for mobile backhaul and infrastructure
  • Trade-offs between proposed topologies
  • WiFi offload
  • Thresholds and E2E management when interworking between VOLTE and WiFi
  • Economic perspective for various backhaul options (wired vs. wireless, NLOS vs. LOS)
  • What backhaul will be needed for 5G
  • Comparison of E and V bands
  • Regulation and international issues
  • Performance/costs
  • Standardization of back-haul system specifications
  • Will standardization in back-haul-like 3GPP standards help market acceptance
  • Near-term and future split between TDD, FDD Point to Point and Point to Multi-point applications
  • Comparison of FEC approaches on mobile back-haul performance

Millimeter Wave Mesh Network Based on SDN & Openflow

Chief Marketing Officer




RF Transceiver Reduce OPEX/CAPEX of mmWave Backhaul

Director Program Management




Location Assisted mm-Wave


Group Leader






Networking Lunch



Technology Enablers (continued)

  • Industry trends towards PtP small cells, particularly 60Hz, E-band, perhaps 42GHz
  • Small Cell Microwave Backhaul and urban mounting requirements
  • Effects of poor quality MW antennas on a backhaul network
  • Turning up, managing and optimizing backhaul
  • Edge visibility
  • What are the industry trends for BH beyond the usual mmWave point-to-point connections? e.g. point-to-multipoint, daisy-chaining?
  • Does the industry believe a NLOS wireless BH, in which bands?
  • Trade-offs fronthaul vs. backhaul
  • CPRI/fronthaul
  • Transport infrastructure for centralized/virtualized RAN
  • How do we simplify the activation and commissioning of Macros, DAS and Small Cells?
  • Considering Reconfigurable Backhaul, Resilience, Redundancy
  • Dual Band techniques
  • Relay and Mesh configurations
  • Zoning/planning - optimizing location and size
  • Low-cost Auto Configuration
  • Dual or Single Radio
  • Roof Top Connections
  • Minimizing Interference
  • Antenna Options and Pitfalls

Unobtrusive Antennas for Small Cell Backhaul

Product Manager




A New Class of Performance and Profitability - Class 4 antennas promise greater capacity and financial opportunities for operators

Product Line Manager




Impact of Antenna Design on Innovation




Networking Break






Takeaways and Closing Remarks







Dinner (Dutch*)
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    Georg-Glock Strasse 20,
    D-40474, Dusseldorf, Germany
    Phone: +49-221-43770
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