Evolving Mobile Transport Networks Toward 5G

Considering 4G/5G rationalization, mesh networking. Front-haul, Backhaul, X-haul, Fiber, mmWave Radio and the impact of Edge Computing



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December 4-6, 2017


Hilton San Jose

San Jose, CA USA



Limited to 100 seats

First Registered, First Served!

Attendance open to all IWPC Members


In order to meet demand for higher traffic loads today and future 5G services, more is required of backhaul and fronthaul, to prevent transport from becoming a bottleneck which limits capacity and performance gains in the RAN and the core. Densification, C-RAN, 5G and the availability of mmW spectrum bands, so backhaul and fronthaul have to adapt in a cost-effective way to offer carriers enough flexibility to manage cost, performance and resource availability trade-offs. This workshop provides a forum for debate regarding drivers for transport change from C-RAN deployments, densification and future 5G networks

Workshop Goals

  • Explore the evolution of transport to Fronthaul and XHaul
  • Understand potential for interface interoperability and evolution
  • Access how virtualization and SDN will impact transport systems
  • Discuss and debate options, trade-offs and functional splits for efficient transport systems


December 4


7:00 PM

Registration and Evening Reception

Registration and reception at hotel

December 5


7:30 AM


Registration and Breakfast


8:30 AM

Welcome and Introductions


9:00 AM


  • Architecture(s) for fronthaul and backhaul from macro cell, DAS, micro cell, and 5G

Opportunities & Challenges for Wireless Fronthaul/Backhaul




10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:40 AM

Service Provider Perspectives

  • Wireless Fronthaul, Backhaul and “Xhaul” demands for enhanced LTE and 5G
  • How will fronthaul interface evolve for non Massive-MIMO and massive-MIMO radios?
  • Fronthaul requirements for 5G
  • Impact of the new 5G use cases on the FH and BH (higher rates, lower latency, better reliability): new FH split, new FH/BH optical network architectures between mini-DC and cell sites
  • Network slicing requirements and architecture
  • Efficient transport options for 5G networks, enabling scalability and cost reduction
  • Transport, other than fiber, alternatives which are much less costly than fiber - especially for operators who do not have a fiber infrastructure
  • For in-building systems, how will operators share networks and as the network may be funded by the site owner - same system would need to support multiple operators/bands
  • Proportion of radio and optical in CRAN transport fronthaul and backhaul.

Architectural Considerations on the road to 5G


LMTS, Small Cell Platforms & Strategy



12:00 Noon

Networking Lunch


1:00 PM

OEM Perspectives

  • How the current network architectures migrate to SDN/NFV and strategies to implement cyber security
  • Evolution of infrastructures to host small cells and 5G new deployment
  • eCPRI and next generation packet based Fronthaul technologies
  • Status of eCPRI and its evolution
  • Fronthaul options TSN and OTN and fronthaul split choice
  • The need for SDN in 5G mobile Transport
  • Will we still have CPRI (Split 8) in future C-RAN deployments or will it all be Ethernet based?
  • Backhaul, Fronthaul, requirement and technologies...optical transport role and requirement
  • How will the fronthaul space evolve where Fiber isn’t a viable option?
  • Software Defined Metro access network that Enabling fully automated operations and flexible hardware
  • Software Defined Control Plane architecture for mobile and converged access backhaul
  • Software Defined Management Plane architecture for end-to-end MBH with Telemetry and Standard Based API models.
  • Software Defined Packet-Optical Architecture for Multilayer Optimization

Reduce RAN Infrastructure Cost by Leveraging 5G RAN Transport Technologies


Director, Business Development



High-Availability Transport design for C-RAN architectures – how Available does it really need to be?


Senior Staff Systems Engineer



3:00 PM

Networking Break


3:40 PM

OEM Perspectives, continued

  • Considering coexistence, coordination and optimization
  • Exploring flexible and easy to evolve architectures
  • Virtualized RAN processing on OTS hardware
  • How do we handle extremely varied types of applications and usage?
  • Addressing existing infrastructures (fiber, copper, microwave/wireless)
  • Addressing the need for highly scalable networks
  • How can we handle low latency, Gbps services with massive numbers of IOT terminals concurrently?
  • Addressing demand for limitless densification with consistent service levels across the coverage area
  • Large scale coordination and combination
  • Delivering cost effective coverage and capacity
  • Can seamless and consistent quality of service be achieved?
  • How do we ensure scalability to grow beyond original 5G requirements?

Efficient Fronthaul for Next Generation 4G and 5G Networks


Chairman of Board



Fronthaul Choices in Disaggregated 5G Base Stations






5:00 PM

End of Day Panel

5:45 PM



7:00 PM

Networking Dinner - Silicon Valley Capital Club


December 6


7:30 AM

Registration and Breakfast


8:30 AM

OEM/System Perspectives

  • C-RAN Transport and synchronization solutions
  • CPRI for Massive MIMO with C-RAN w/ legacy 4G could increase Cell edge quality?
  • Transport technology options for 5G: TSN, FlexE, OTN
  • Emergency alerting
  • Transport requirements to support CRAN
  • E2E flow management and control
  • Network slicing configuration and management within the transport network
  • What other transport bandwidths and interface specifications are anticipated in 5G?
  • SDN and orchestration
  • Coordination between Core, Access and Transport standards bodies?
  • Multi-vendor orchestration
  • Understanding Mid-Haul

Software Defined Metro Backhaul


Director, Product Management



Sub 6GHz Suitability for 5G Fixed Wireless


VP, Business Development


10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:40 AM

Technology Enablers

  • How Crosshaul fits into 5G and the 5G needs towards the mobile transport:
  • Transport flexibility, and scalability
  • mmW Transport for 5G backhaul and fronthaul
  • How / where mmW fits into 5G transport eco-system
  • Capabilities for Crosshaul, transport slicing, etc.
  • Testbed and trial results -- 5TONIC
  • PHY solutions for fronthaul and backhaul
  • PON to 400Gbps PAM4 optical interconnect
  • Crosshaul, IEEE 1914
  • 5G layer 1 - 7......obstacles
  • Network Synchronization methods/requirements
  • Synchronization requirements and solutions
  • Integrating optical networking into frontal applications

Flexible xHaul Architectures


Principal Packet Strategy Manager



Synchronizing the Future - The Sync Challenge Facing 5G


Director, Marketing and Business Development


12:00 Noon

Networking Lunch


1:00 PM

Technology Enablers, continued

mmWave, Enabling 5G transport at the Network Edge


Principal Engineer



Overcoming the Dispersion Challenge on the Road to 5G


Product Line Manager



Evolution of Fronthaul Networks and Test Applications


Senior Manager, PLM


3:00 PM

Networking Break


3:40 PM

Closing Panel

5:00 PM



7:00 PM

Evening reception for C-RAN and Low Power Architectures Preparing the Way for 5G workshop



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    300 Almaden Blvd.
    San Jose, CA 95110
    Phone: 408-287-2100
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