Professor Arturo Azcorra, 5G-Crosshaul Coordinator, Chairman of the Expert Advisory Group of the NetWorld2020 European Technology Platform (ETP) and Vice chairman of the 5TONIC Lab, has been invited by the European Commission (EC) to join a European 5G scientific mission to Korea. Experts from both continents meet from 10th to 14th October to discuss the present and approaching future of 5G, the ultrafast mobile broadband technology that promises to become the most remarkable communications phenomenon of the decade.
InterDigital, Core Network Dynamics and Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute participated in a milestone demonstration for the H2020 5GPPP 5G-Crosshaul consortium by integrating its EdgeLink™ system into an integrated fronthaul and backhaul trial in Berlin, 27th September 2016.
Arturo Azcorra from IMDEA Networks / Univ. Carlos III Madrid and 5G-Crosshaul Coordinator talks about the 5G Technology and 5G-Crosshaul Project in an Inverview in Radio Exterior, Spain, on September 14th.
5G is coming, and backhaul and fronthaul—operating individually in silos—aren’t going to cut it
Backhaul and fronthaul have come a long way through the generations. When I started out, fronthaul was literally the length of industrial coax cable that you could easily observe running from the bottom of a cell phone tower to the top. Backhaul was always where the excitement was—in all the signal processing smarts surrounding transcoding. This technology existed to condense almighty 64k bit/sec. pipes down to a 16k bit/sec. ones and vice versa.
Today, the story has moved on and converged quite a bit, but the uncoordinated shaping of these spaces in those early days has resulted in two worlds or two heterogeneous technology silos, one each for fronthaul and backhaul. This is not going to fly in 5G, and a fusion is coming that will bring these two worlds together.
For 5G-Crosshaul partner InterDigital´s article by Alan Carlton click here.
Telefónica has been named winner of the LTE & 5G World Awards 2016 (https://5gworldevent.com/) in the category of “Best NFV/SDN Solution” for the work done around SDN applied to transport technologies with end to end scope (from access to core, including wireless and wired technologies).
Part of the awarded work has been carried out in the context of the activities of the 5G-Crosshaul Project.