Welcome to Emerging Technology Initiative – Backhaul/fronthaul Networking & Communications (ETI-BNC)!
There are considerable market interests on the development of small cell backhaul/fronthaul solutions that are an evolution of the existing backhaul/fronthaul technologies, i.e. SDH, ATM, MPLS and Ethernet. One of the main considerations the operators are faced with today is how to migrate existing backhaul/fronthaul infrastructure toward adaptive and smart backhauling/fronthauling solutions that optimize their operations jointly with the access network for the next generation of cellular technology. The deployment availability, cross layer convergence, and economics of smart backhauling/fronthauling systems are the most important factors in selecting the appropriate backhaul/fronthaul technologies for following:
- multiple networks (Cellular, WiFi, WiMax, WiGig, etc.);
- variety of cell sizes (macro, micro, pico, femto) and;
- multiple technologies (Visible light communications, D2D, distributed antennas, etc.).
The aim of the ETI-BNC on Backhaul Networking and Communications is to put forward IEEEs’ agenda and contribution in the research and standardization activities on future backhaul/fronthaul communications and networking. This sub-TC will create a forum for researchers, developers and practitioners from both academia and industry to identify and discuss the backhaul/fronthaul requirements, challenges, recent development and smart end-to-end solutions pertaining to fifth-generation (5G) of mobile communication networks. The ETI-BNC will serve as a prolific opportunity to educate about, promote and accelerate the evolution of next generation of backhaul/fronthaul networking and communications by fostering technical activities in the related area.