Evolving Transport Networks

Opportunities and Challenges for Wireless Fronthaul/Backhaul


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January 12-14, 2016


Double Tree by Hilton

San Jose, CA, USA



Limited to 100 seats

First Registered, First Served!

Attendance open to Infrastructure Thrust, mmWave Thrust or Full IWPC Members


With the steady progress towards LTE-A and 5G operators are facing challenges on multiple dimensions. The explosion of fixed and wireless applications including streaming video, download and uploading social media, access to cloud data, VoIP, VoLTE, and E911 for mobile devices presents new transport network challenges related to performance and latency. These challenges are compounded in the wireless “last mile”.

Future radio access networks are facing a significant transition from a dedicated point to point connections to Ethernet-based switched networks. With the emergence of fronthaul, new ways of dividing the functional responsibilities of radio processing to meet the future network demands is required. Is the operation of two separate network domains for both fronthaul and backhaul scalable for future 5G networks? Will converged fronthaul and backhaul networking architectures enable migration to future virtual and/or centralized 5G mobile networks?

Workshop Goals

  • Discuss and debate wireless network transport evolution
  • Understand service providers needs and challenges
  • Assess state of the art developments in backhaul and fronthaul technologies
  • Consider new architectures to support future network demands







7:00 PM

Tuesday Evening Network Reception






7:00 AM

Breakfast and Registration



8:00 AM


Welcome and Introductions



9:00 AM

Keynote and Goals for the Workshop

  • Considering architectural evolution of Radio Access Networks.
  • How will backhaul evolve to meet service provider demands?
  • Fiber versus Microwave
  • What part will the enterprise play?
  • Considering standards based versus proprietary solutions

Evolving Transport Networks Opportunities and Challenges for Wireless Fronthaul/Backhaul


Distinguished Member of Technical Staff



10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:40 AM

Service Provider and Carrier Perspectives

  • Networks have become a very critical infrastructure for the society, based on currently closed, proprietary, complex, operationally expensive, inflexible that impede innovation and progress rather than enabling them
  • What challenges are service providers facing today?
  • As concepts towards SDN and NFV emerge, how will this impact transport networks?
  • Building future-proof transport networks
  • Will the concept of Next Generation network Interface (NGFI) solve the problems of high bandwidth, low latency and flexible exchange during the network evolution process oriented to C-RAN, 4.5G and 5G?
  • Promoting the standardization of NGFI

Open and Programmable Transport


ONOS Project Lead



Street-Level Small Cell Networking


CTO & VP Engineering

12:00 Noon

Networking Lunch


1:00 PM

Vendor Perspectives

  • How to enhance / migrate / evolve the microwave network in the next 5+ years
  • Addressing RAN architectural changes
  • Considering 4.5G and 5G technologies
  • Mobile network evolution context - Ways to enhance “traditional” Ethernet backhaul
  • SDN and SON perspectives
  • Architecture evolution
  • Microwave and mmW fronthaul and back-haul
  • Exploring new, efficient ways to achieve affordable fronthaul over MW and mmW
    • 60GHz and D-band regulation
    • Full Duplex and NLoS operation in mmW
    • interference Challenges
  • Considering 5G small cell wireless backhaul solution to meet operators’ high expectations
  • Self-organizing and self-optimizing small cell wireless mesh backhaul
  • Flexible automated QoS (Quality of Service)
  • Congestion control & management
  • Load balancing and traffic management

Evolving Wireless Transport to Address capacity and latency


Senior Marketing Manager



5G Self-Optimizing Wireless Mesh Backhaul


Sr. Transport Architect


Microwave Towards 2020


Strategic Product Manager


3:00 PM

Networking Break


3:40 PM

Vendor Perspectives, Continued

  • Experience and learning's from facilities sharing with enterprise business customers
  • Decisions on cost/benefit/risk of building and managing every indoor network element at-scale
  • Deployment of VRAN, CRAN over existing transport – Case study of CRAN deployments on wireless networks in different deployment scenarios 

  • Transport requirements for CRAN
  • Operators transport challenges in different regions
  • Wireless transport characteristics and their implications on the CRAN application
  • Results and conclusions from actual trials

Ethernet/IP Fronthaul and Backhaul Sharing

Director of Enterprise Services and Technologies



4:20 PM


Host and Service Providers 


5:00 PM




Dinner – Belle Saratoga


Bus departs from hotel


Day 2


7:00 AM



8:00 AM

Vendor Perspectives, Continued

  • Addressing demands for microwave networking solutions for public and private operators with communications networks to accommodate the exploding growth of IP-centric, multi-gigabit data services
  • Distributed Antenna CRAN (DA-CRAN) - a new concept in small cell deployments
  • What impact does DA-CRAN have on network coverage, capacity and densification?
  • Is DA-CRAN CRAN without the CPRI or the RRH?

Introducing Distributed Antenna (DA) CRAN


VP Systems Engineering


Transport Requirements for Front Haul


PLM – transport solutions manager


9:20 AM

Technology Enablers

  • Delivering CIPRI Traffic over Ethernet – Radio over Ethernet standard update
  • Introduction to 1904.3 Radio over Ethernet
  • Mapping CPRI over Ethernet
  • Bandwidth requirements for Radio over Ethernet
  • Baseband repartition – What it means for Fronthaul bandwidth
  • Radio Aggregation – Pooling L1 processing
  • Future architecture - functional split - baseband units - converged fronthaul/backhaul networks
    • Benefits, Challenges, Optimal implementation?

Emerging Standards, IEEE1904 and IEEE1914


Senior Manager Wireless System Engineering (IEEE1904.3 Editor)

10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:40 AM

Technology Enablers, Continued

  • LTE Evoution towards 5G (over ethernet)
  • If a large number of LTE radio deployment are in-doors, it is imperative that multi-carrier cellular support and Wi-Fi can coexist in campus and enterprise networks without requiring per carrier infrastructure and new cabling.
  • Assessing the standards to realize multi-carrier LTE support using Radio over Ethernet and Wi-Fi leveraging the same Ethernet-based networking infrastructure
  • Overview of the H2020 Cross-haul project concept
  • Results from common data/control plane Proof of Concepts with Telefonica, TIM and Orange
  • Use cases and requirements
  • Early results on the baseline architecture
  • Early results on the unified data plane (Common frame format for fronthaul and backhaul)
  • EdgeHaul as an enabling platform
  • Prospects for the future

Adding Multi-Carrier LTE Support To Your Campus WiFi Network


Associate Technical Director and Chairman of IEEE1904.3 Radio over Ethernet standard




H2020's 5G-CrossHaul and InterDigital's EdgeHaul -
Enabling Transport Technologies


Senior Director


12:00 Noon

Networking Lunch


1:00 PM

Technology Enablers, Continued

  • The role of antennas in backhaul
  • Challenges with higher density and higher capacity antenna deployments in the transport network
  • Assessing antenna radiation patterns in driving higher throughput in backhaul
  • Flexible RF+BB baseband architectures to implement Back Haul, WiGig (inc 802.11ay) and 5G from a more embedded SoC
  • Transport options in the 24GHz and upwards bands
  • Considering auto-alignment and dynamic alignment

Challenges and Opportunities for High Density Antenna Deployments


Product Line Manager, MW antenna Solutions


Mobile Fronthaul: Solutions for 4G and 5G Networks


Senior Product Manager


Opportunities and addressing Challenges for Wireless Fronthaul/Backhaul


Wireless Bus. Mktng. Mgr.


3:00 PM


Networking Break


3:40 PM

Technology Enablers, Continued

  • How can carriers deliver exceptional customer experience regardless of the mobile technology as customer satisfaction is the sole driver for operator’s success
  • Evolution of the fiber optic backbone network
  • Considering recent changes that will enable the fiber optic backbone network to accommodate both advanced wireline and strict latency dependent wireless applications
  • Deploying critical CRAN and CPRI links which require focus on optical quality and protocol compliance
  •  Ensuring SLA compliant backhaul
  • Segmenting core performance for faster troubleshooting
  • Perceived challenges in Radio Access, Backhaul and Core during the transition to 5G and LTE-A
  • Real-world case studies based on actual deployment experience
  • Fiber optic measurement tools to verify network performance


Fronthaul/Backhaul Testing
Right from the Beginning


Senior Active Assurance Manager


4:20 PM

Closing Panel

Host, Network Operators and invited OEMs


5:00 PM




Dutch Dinner

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



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