Evolving Transport Networks for 5G

Considering self-backhauling: Integrated access and backhaul links, XRAN/ORAN fronthaul, fiber densification, time sensitive Ethernet, Passive Optical Networks (PON) and mmWave 100-400 GBps wireless innovation

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May 14-16, 2019


Hilton Boston / Woburn

Boston, MA USA



Limited to 100 seats

First Registered, First Served!

Attendance open to all IWPC Members


Will transport networks be the bottleneck for future 5G networks? Fiber is the go-to choice for next generation 5G transport networks, but what are the technical and economic barriers to success and how can wireless systems augment fiber to deliver seamless and ubiquitous connectivity. This workshop will consider all aspects of RAN and transport architectural choices and explore technology breakthroughs and innovation necessary to meet service providers demands

Workshop Goals

  • Explore transport evolution strategies from 4G to 5G
  • Understand 5G fronthaul & backhaul network architecture/deployment opportunities and challenges
  • Assess capacity requirements, planned speed of deployment and expected rate of adoption
  • Understand future transport requirements of the network and opportunities for Integrated Access and Backhaul (IAB)
  • Assess RAN split options and delay requirements


May 14


7:00 PM

Evening Reception & Registration

At Hotel

May 15


7:00 AM


8:00 AM

Welcome and Introductions


9:00 AM

Host Introduction and Keynote


Keynote Presentation


DMTS & Fellow


10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:40 AM

Carrier Perspectives

  • 5G network architecture for EN-DC based eMBB services
  • Analysis of RAN functional decomposition options and transport requirements
  • Exploring backhaul upgrade options for adding 5G to existing multi-RAT base station sites
  • Reviewing technical solutions for network densifications; fibre, fixed wireless links and IAB
  • Transport evolution strategies from 4G to 5G
  • Strategy and deployment plans and concerns - Lessons learnt
  • 5G fronthaul & backhaul network architecture and deployment
  • Capacity requirements
  • Planned speed of network deployment
  • Expected rate of adoption
  • Future transport requirements of the network
  • Understanding Integrated Access and Backhaul (IAB)
  • Assessing RAN split options and delay requirements
  • Understanding 5G parameters and requirements for fronthaul and backhaul
  • Backhaul and fronthaul requirements for 5G
  • Transport requirements, solutions for 5G VRAN deployment for different use cases

Enabling a National 5G Network Launch, BT UK Case Study


Principal Network Architect


12:00 Noon

Networking Lunch


1:00 PM

Transport Systems

  • What impact will 5G have on mobile transport architecture demands to facilitate flexibility and agility of connecting end-to-end services from UE to Core?
  • How will deep vertical and horizontal control over managing Service level Agreement and Resource Optimization handling deliver best possible TCO in infrastructure?
  • Automation and orchestration for Network management
  • Implications of network partitioning (slicing) 5G or network virtualization
  • Use Cases for NFV
  • How will virtualization impact RAN transport?
  • SDN over wireless
  • Virtualizing, converged wireless/wireline networks
  • xRAN/ORAN initiatives and impact to 5G transport Networks
  • How can Analytics, Self-Learning and Self-Healing be employed effectively?
  • Open interface protocols for fronthaul
  • End to End SDN Orchestration
  • Applying Machine Learning to Transport Networks
  • Network Slicing, SDN, NFV, MANO, Automation
  • vBBU architectures
  • 3GPP Netowrk Slice Instance and its importance as a tool for MNO managed Private 5G networks
  • 3GPP 5G QoS Framework Changes and New 5G QoS Requirements
  • Scaling and Planning Considerations of Transport Networks for adopting the new 3GPP 5G QoS Framework
  • Transport Networks Role in a 3GPP Network Slice Instance
  • Transport Network Slicing considerations for Fronthaul, Midhaul and Backhaul
  • Policy Driven Transport Networks and benefits
  • Fronthaul L1 Offload - An essential step towards Virtualized RAN and Open RAN

The Evolution to a Unified Layer 2 RAN Transport Architecture


Solution Architect




Opening Up the Access Network for 5G


VP and GM, Software and Services



Essential Aspects of Adaptive Transport Networks


Senior Architect, Mobility Solutions & Standards


3:00 PM

Networking Break


3:40 PM

Transport Systems, continued

  • How do fronthaul interfaces evolve to support significant payload increase demands?
  • Technical aspects of interface migration/li>
  • CPRI versus eCPRI: capacity, latency and jitter considerations
  • CPRI to eCPRI conversion, and RoE (IEEE 1914)
  • The use cases for TSN (Time Sensitive Networking)
  • Use cases for small cells and macros
  • CPRI over DWDM versus CPRI over Layer 2
  • 5G Access and Transport
  • 5G fronthaul and backhaul optics
  • 5G transport switching layer technology
  • New Technology for transport
  • 5G Readiness on Transport Network
  • 5G Transport in the fronthaul and network slicing in the midhaul/backhaul
  • Advances in radio technology for wireless transport
  • Microwave and millimeter-wave spectrum for 5G wireless backhaul
  • Multi-Dimensional Multiplexing for 100’s Gigabit links
  • Backhaul and fronthaul for 5G mobile networks mainly in urban areas where 5G is anticipated to be deployed
  • Considering Routing, vx LAN, Flex E, Microwave Backhaul, PON, mmWave and unified Ethernet
  • Exploring Backhaul and Access convergence
  • BBU - RRU transport issues and flexibility for different use cases
  • Will this interface really become standardized in a way CPRI wasn't to allow white box RRU's to be created?
  • Capacity requirements for 5G deployments
  • Why do we need to support 5G Network slicing in the Transport?
  • How to support Network Slicing in Transport with Segment Routing
  • Supporting End-to-End with Automation

Segment Routing for the Next Gen-Transport Network


Director, Wireless/IP Core




Smart xHaul 4G/5G Transport Solutions


Principal Solutions Architect


5:00 PM

End-of-Day Panel


5:40 PM



7:00 PM

Networking Dinner at Lucia Ristorante

Bus departs Lobby promptly at 6:15pm


May 16


7:00 AM



8:00 AM

Open Source Transformation towards 5G?

  • RAN logical architecture for NR (3GPP TR 38.801)
  • Split Option comparison
  • oRAN-7-2X option
  • Category A/Category B radio
  • Different Compression techniques


Impacts of oRAN on Fronthaul Transport


Sr. Systems Staff Engineer



8:30 AM

Wireless Transport Systems

  • Ethernet fronthaul with Time Sensitive Networking
  • ORAN CPRI to eCPRI transport
  • Disaggregated cloud control and user plane operation
  • xHaul use cases for mmWave and Sub-6 radios
  • Network slicing use case for Mobility and URLLC
  • Segment Routing CPRI vs Ethernet vs xHaul, latency vs interface
  • The role of wireless transport solutions
  • C-RAN (Baseband Hotel) and Fronthaul Solutions
  • Network Synchronization Requirements for 5G
  • Network Security and 5G
  • Fiber and power required for 5G
  • Fiber densification and connectivity challenges to support 5G
  • Infrastructure build-out, including hardened terminals, concealed pole, hardened fiber connectors, hybrid options
  • Electric cabling requirements
  • Fronthaul architectures, SDPON, Segment Routing
  • Fronthaul interfaces (eCPRI)
  • Packet based aggregation
  • Timing and Synchronization
  • 5G and Frequencies expected ranges and throughput
  • Impact of different 3GPP splits on transport network
  • Assessing optimal functional partitioning
  • Integrated access backhaul - 100 GHz mmWave
  • IAB – 3GPP status
  • IAB Architecture
  • Limitations and use cases
  • MW High capacity Bands
  • E band – 20/40 Gbps
  • Multiband booster
  • D/W band – work ongoing
  • 100 Gbps

Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Spectrum for 5G Wireless Transport


Vice Chair, ISG mWT




5G Wireless Transport Solution


Chief Engineer




IAB and High Capacity MW – Complementing Technologies to rollout 5G


Senior Researcher




10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:30 AM

Wireless Transport Systems, continued

  • Slicing across overlay and underlay
  • Fronthaul-midhaul-backhaul, layers from DWDM to SDN overlays
  • Traffic flow isolation and QoS, monitoring/events?
  • Slicing, Tagging, Self-Healing
  • Status of 5G Infrastructure roll-out planning
  • Techno-economical aspects and key trade-offs of transport network for 5G
  • The future of CPRI in the fronthaul

Hardening Mobile Backhaul Networks to Support 5G


Senior Director, Strategy



Practical Challenges for Fronthaul/Midhaul Deployment


General Manager





Dual Band Microwave Antenna Technology, Construction and Deployment


Director, PLM, Mobility Solutions RF Products



12:00 Noon

Networking Lunch


1:00 PM

Technology Enablers, continued

  • 4G/fronthaul networks and 5G/backhaul networks co-existence
  • How many radio connections does the future small cell node require (per carrier)
  • How does 100G fit into the future fronthaul/backhaul?
  • XHaul enhancement
  • The integration of eCPRI and/or IEEE 1914.3 (RoE) in place of CPRI transport
  • Adoption of IEEE PTP and/or 802.1CM packet based timing into 5G transport networks
  • 5G chipset availability
  • High integration GaAs for single-chip mmWave front-ends
  • Performance capabilities and PA/LNA/SW results
  • Integration options
  • High performance GaAs for E and W-band Backhaul power amplifiers
  • E-band PA examples/li>
  • Enablers for W-band and D-band

TSN Switches, Orchestration and Requirements for Fronthaul


VP, Sales & Marketing




Converged Networks for 5G RAN and Broadband Services


Principal Architect



Advanced GaAs Technologies for mmWave RAN and Wireless Backhaul


SVP, Technology



3:00 PM

Networking Break


3:30 PM

Technology Enablers, continued

  • Satellite 5G for Transport and Satellite RAN
  • Satellite Backhaul
  • Coping with satellite RTT delay to reach terrestrial backhaul LTE/5G speeds over satellite
  • Satellite Cellular Backhaul for Wireless and Fixed/Wireless
  • Future technology development
  • Understanding satellite interference issues with new spectrum allocations
  • Ensuring network timing and sync resilience
  • Beamforming requirements for transport
  • Wireline standards (5G)
  • 3GPP
  • eCPRI
  • IEEE 1914.x, IEEE 802.1CM
  • O-RAN
  • 5G required Network Changes
  • Frame format
  • Architecture
  • Network requirements
  • Timing (Latency) and Timing (Synchronization)
  • Network sections requiring testing
  • Types of testing required to be completed

4G/5G High Speed Cellular Backhaul over Satellite – a Technology Leap Frog!


Director, North America



Assessing eCPRI/RoE


Senior Product Marketing Manager-Field Test Solutions



5:00 PM

Closing Discussion


6:00 PM




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    2 Forbes Rd
    Woburn, MA USA 01801
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