Comparison of Analogue and Digital Fronthaul for 5G MIMO Signals

Philip Perry, Colm Browning, Amol Delmade, Adaranijo Peters, Bryan Scotney, Sally I McClean, PJ Morrow, Liam P. Barry

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Abstract

This paper investigates architectural and capacity issues associated with analogue and digital radio over fibre fronthaul for MIMO in 5G cellular systems. The capacity of both systems is evaluated in terms of a static system deployment and also with varying traffic load. The results show that in a leased line scenario, the analogue systems offer an opportunity to reduce the cost of fibre infrastructure by more than 93% due to the more efficient use of bandwidth. but since the ARoF equipment is currently more expensive than the DRoF equivalent, there is a trade-off between CAPEX and OPEX for a given deployment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICC 2020 - 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC)
Place of PublicationDublin, Ireland
PublisherIEEE Xplore
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-5089-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-5090-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jan 2020
EventIEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC)
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Duration: 19 May 2016 → …

Publication series

NameICC 2020 - 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Dublin, Ireland
PublisherIEEE Xplore
ISSN (Print)1550-3607
ISSN (Electronic)1938-1883

Conference

ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC)
Period19/05/16 → …

Keywords

  • 5G
  • Fronthaul
  • eCPRI
  • WDM
  • MIMO
  • Radio over Fibre

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    Perry, P., Browning, C., Delmade, A., Peters, A., Scotney, B., McClean, S. I., Morrow, PJ., & Barry, L. P. (2020). Comparison of Analogue and Digital Fronthaul for 5G MIMO Signals. In ICC 2020 - 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) (pp. 1-6). (ICC 2020 - 2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Dublin, Ireland). IEEE Xplore. https://doi.org/doi: 10.1109/ICC40277.2020.9148787