28 January 2017 High-throughput and low-latency 60GHz small-cell network architectures over radio-over-fiber technologies
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Future broadband access networks in the 5G framework will need to be bilateral, exploiting both optical and wireless technologies. This paper deals with new approaches and synergies on radio-over-fiber (RoF) technologies and how those can be leveraged to seamlessly converge wireless technology for agility and mobility with passive optical networks (PON)-based backhauling. The proposed convergence paradigm is based upon a holistic network architecture mixing mm-wave wireless access with photonic integration, dynamic capacity allocation and network coding schemes to enable high bandwidth and low-latency fixed and 60GHz wireless personal area communications for gigabit rate per user, proposing and deploying on top a Medium-Transparent MAC (MT-MAC) protocol as a low-latency bandwidth allocation mechanism. We have evaluated alternative network topologies between the central office (CO) and the access point module (APM) for data rates up to 2.5 Gb/s and SC frequencies up to 60 GHz. Optical network coding is demonstrated for SCM-based signaling to enhance bandwidth utilization and facilitate optical-wireless convergence in 5G applications, reporting medium-transparent network coding directly at the physical layer between end-users communicating over a RoF infrastructure. Towards equipping the physical layer with the appropriate agility to support MT-MAC protocols, a monolithic InP-based Remote Antenna Unit optoelectronic PIC interface is shown that ensures control over the optical resource allocation assisting at the same time broadband wireless service. Finally, the MT-MAC protocol is analysed and simulation and analytical theoretical results are presented that are found to be in good agreement confirming latency values lower than 1msec for small- to mid-load conditions.
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N. Pleros, N. Pleros, G. Kalfas, G. Kalfas, C. Mitsolidou, C. Mitsolidou, C. Vagionas, C. Vagionas, D. Tsiokos, D. Tsiokos, A. Miliou, A. Miliou, } "High-throughput and low-latency 60GHz small-cell network architectures over radio-over-fiber technologies", Proc. SPIE 10128, Broadband Access Communication Technologies XI, 101280I (28 January 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2253022; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2253022
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