From Centralized RAN to Cloud RAN (hosted by IHS)

Presented by

Yvon Rouault, Advisor, CTO Office, EXFO and Jean-Sébastien Tassé, Product Line Manager, Optical Business Unit, EXFO

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The move from centralized to virtual radio access networks (RANs) is already happening, with baseband unit (BBU) virtualization moving many functions to software, paving the way for 5G and pre-5G LTE-Advanced (LTE-A). This webinar explores the market drivers and the technical challenges of the RAN transformation from fiber to the antenna (FTTA) to centralized RAN (C-RAN) and virtual RAN, the state of virtualized baseband unit (vBBU), the long-term evolution of fronthaul beyond the Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) to packet-based transport, and testing requirements at the optical and protocol layers. Key topics for discussion 5G characteristics and network drivers Fronthaul architectures evolving from FTTA to centralized RAN to cloud RAN Planning and performance requirements for cloud RAN Integrating and testing fronthaul connectivity in backhaul/transport networks Guidelines for optical testing in C-RAN and beyond Answers to audience questions during live Q&A Speakers Richard Webb, Research Director, Mobile Backhaul and Small Cells, IHS Yvon Rouault, Advisor, CTO Office, EXFO Jean-Sébastien Tassé, Product Line Manager, Optical Business Unit, EXFO Allen Tatara, Manager, Webinar Events, IHS (Moderator)

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