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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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 publication2020 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2020 - Proceedings
Place of PublicationDublin, Ireland
PublisherIEEE Xplore
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-5089-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-5090-1
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 27 Jan 2020
EventIEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC)
Duration: 19 May 2016 → …

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Communications
ISSN (Print)1550-3607


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


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


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