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When we talk about 5G or any other wireless technology, our brain focuses on the wireless aspect of the technology. In reality, only the last hop of the wireless network is actually wireless. Most of the data communication happens over a wired network. RF spectrum being such a precious resource, mobile operators try their best […]

5G Fronthaul

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts on the Evolution of Fronthaul, links to other posts below. As wireless operators announce their plans for the introduction of 5G services, ecosystem players are developing and introducing a new range of capabilities to pave the way for a smooth transition from 4G to 5G. […]

FTTH-PON Q and A

Our recent webinar with Light Reading, Lessons Learned: Efficient Deployment & Maintenance of FTTH/PON Networks, garnered several questions from the attendees. We thought that even those who may not have caught the live webinar might benefit from this Q&A. If you’d like to see the webinar recording, please visit the Light Reading Testapedia page.  Q. Is […]

The evolution to virtualization and cloud, network automation, massive traffic growth, IoT, increasing service velocity and revenue growth…together with the advent of 5G.  These are just some of the challenges mobile service providers face today. Consumers are demanding that mobile services are always on, always available, and everything is connected. In response, operators are deploying […]

Part 3 of the Evolution of Fronthaul Networks (read Part 1: Intro to Fronthaul and Part 2: Fiber Deployment in Wireless) In parts 1 and 2, I described the overall radio access network architecture and best practices for deployment at physical layer which is primarily fiber for the links between the base band unit (BBU) […]

cellular towers

Part 2 of the Evolution of Fronthaul Networks (read Part 1: Intro to Fronthaul and Part 3: CPRI ) As we learned in part 1, fiber deployment permits the placement of RRH’s closer to the antenna. Also known as light radio, this RRH placement has significantly improved the energy efficiency of cellular networks as the […]

Fronthaul? Until few years it was unknown for most involved in network deployment. Smart phones, the explosive growth in use of media reach apps and the competitive pressure for operators to offer higher data limits have changed the role of fronthaul completely. One can hardly oversee the rising number of antennas and radios mounted on […]

The UK’s 4G coverage is not good enough – that’s the damning indictment today from the country’s National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). They commented on research that showed the UK’s mobile network was worse than Albania, Panama and Peru and is ranked 54th. The NIC called on mobile operators to end “digital deserts” as British subscribers […]

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