5G Breakfast: Building Backhaul at the Speed of Light
5G: Building Backhaul at the Speed of Light
Date: April 27, 2017
Location: Boston, MA
The tsunami of Virtual Reality, high speed progress of autonomous vehicle development, market reality of delivery drones, and vital life giving telehealth services are just a few of the reasons why wireless service providers are steadily moving toward 5G as the next compilation of technologies which will bring ubiquitous ultra-broadband and increased security to communications connectivity.
This connected future cannot exist without significant backhaul transport networks that are fast and flexible. Today’s breakfast panels will take a deep dive into the different technologies that are being developed and continue to be deployed to support 5G communications.
Fiber: Step into the Light
Remember the 1990s when there was an overabundance of fiber, a collapse in the market and most of that infrastructure was unused and dark. Fiber has seen a renaissance for over a decade now and with no stop in sight. A recent TIA-Interdigital Sponsored 5G Operator Survey (2016) showed that fiber optics where considered one of the most important aspects of 5G backhaul. Speakers will discuss the state of the market, latest in fiber optic cabling technologies, and how fiber will interface with other network infrastructure to build the 4G LTE Advanced and 5G networks of the very near future.
Breaking the Barriers: New Technology Developments in 5G Backhaul
Just as scientists are now postulating that the speed of light may not be constant and could even be faster than Einstein theorized, so too connectivity product developers are always pushing the edge of new technologies. This panel will look at the latest developments in mmWave, massive MIMO, small cell, satellite, RAN, Ethernet, edge network topologies, and other theoretical and technological advancements.
Backhaul Densification: Built for Speed
Optimizing network connectivity requires an combination of technologies that continue to push boundaries and optimization of their placement. Densification of network infrastructure is changing both products and how they are deployed. Small cell deployment is becoming a key component to urban infrastructure. Data centers are entering the urban core with smaller footprints, redesigning servers, their internal design schematics, and are virtualizing in order to optimize operations and reduce data delivery latencies. WiFi mesh is another layer of network backhaul finding its place within the densified matrix of 5G backhaul. Virtualization together with C-RAN are increasingly an important component of high speed, flexible delivery of services. This panel will look at backhaul (and also fronthaul) densification trends, technologies, use cases and business opportunities.