Terms such as fronthaul, midhaul and backhaul are commonly interchanged to describe the connectivity between a 4G or 5G base station (eNB/gNB) and mobile core network; base station architectures are often described as D-RAN, C-RAN or vRAN; these terms mean different things to different people and are often used incorrectly or at least interpreted differently which is leading to lots of confusion within our industry. Add to this the need to understand transport requirements of CPRI, eCPRI, F1, E1, S1, N2 and N3 interfaces and the 5G RAN transport connectivity situation becomes even more complex!
This CW eMBB SIG event will cut through all of the confusion by explaining the terms, referencing industry standards and work of industry fora such as NGMN and Small Cells Forum, and discussing the real-world transport network requirements that will be necessary to make 5G a reality. Solutions for 5G access connectivity will include fibre, fixed radio links (microwave/millimetre wave) and in-band/self-backhauling solutions, the session will discuss how these solutions align with the requirements of the various functional splits/interfaces and different RAN architectures.
Speakers from operators and vendors will offer insight through a series of presentations and a panel session, allowing plenty of time for Q&A.
The latest speaker list and agenda can be found on the CW website.