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Emerging Technology Analysis: Transport Network for 5G — The Next-Generation Fronthaul Technology

Published: 06 March 2018

ID: G00320490

Analyst(s): Kosei Takiishi , Peter Liu , Ian Keene


Next-generation fronthaul technology is critical as CSPs try to cost-effectively address increased traffic demand and cell densification. CSPs' technology business unit leaders need to define their best-fit fronthaul implementation strategy to fulfill the stringent requirements of future networks.

Table Of Contents


  • Technology Description
  • Technology Adoption
    • Factors That Will Drive Adoption
    • Factors That Will Inhibit Adoption
  • Technology Impact
    • Move to Virtualize and Open RAN
    • New Operation Model
    • Wholesale CPRI Connectivity Provider Offers CPRI Connectivity Service
    • Fronthaul Network Sharing
    • Enable New Business
    • Actions for the Next Six to 18 Months
  • References

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