Fibre Wireless Distributed Antenna Systems for 5G and 6G Services

Muhammad Usman Hadi, Ghulam Murtaza

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Abstract

The terahertz (THz) frequency bands are being explored as a potential means of enabling an ultra-high transmission capacity in sixth-generation (6G) radio-access networks (RAN) because higher frequencies offer broader bandwidths. When utilized in wireless communications, high-frequency electromagnetic waves impose several physical restrictions. To overcome these difficulties and to expand the service coverage, the radio-over-fibre (RoF)-based distributed antenna system (DAS), in particular, can improve the usability of future mobile networks with advantages such as seamless media conversion between wireless and optical signal, flexible multichannel aggregations, and efficiency. RoF technology’s inherent advantages are that it improves the DAS network’s usability and transmission performance by allowing it to provide both 5G and 6G THz services at the same time over a single optical fibre connection. We experimentally broadcast a single carrier-modulated 6G signal using a 256 quadrature amplitude modulation and a 5G new radio signal across a 10 km single mode fibre optic link. Additionally, the 6G signal is received through a 3 m wireless medium providing, proof of concept for fibre wireless integration. The experimental trials are assessed in terms of error vector magnitude and carrier suppression ratio. The dynamic range of the allowed RF input power for a 6G signal is 10 dB, while the dynamic range for a 5G waveform signal is 18 dB, which meets the 3GPP standardization criteria. Moreover, the bit error rate performance significantly improved as the carrier suppression ratio was increased from 0 to 20 dB.
Original languageEnglish
Article number64
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalElectronics
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 23 Dec 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Authors would like to thank School of Engineering, Ulster University for the provision of financial support in realizing the experimental testbed.

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Keywords

  • distributed antenna system
  • radio over fibre
  • 5G
  • 6G THz services

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