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Integrated Wireless Backhaul Over Optical Access Networks

Mitchell, JE; (2014) Integrated Wireless Backhaul Over Optical Access Networks. JOURNAL OF LIGHTWAVE TECHNOLOGY , 32 (20) 3373 - 3382. 10.1109/JLT.2014.2321774. Green open access

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Abstract

Recent technological advances and deployments are creating a new landscape in access networks, with an integration of wireless and fiber technologies a key supporting technology. In the past, a separation between those with fiber in the access networks and those with wireless networks, the relatively low data-rate requirements of backhaul and the relatively large cell sites, have all combined to keep fiber deployment low in wireless backhaul. As fiber has penetrated the access network and the latest wireless standards have demanded smaller, higher bandwidth cells, fiber connectivity has become key. Choices remain as to where the demarcation between key elements should be in the network and whether fiber should be used as just a high data-rate backhaul path or if a transition to radio-over-fiber techniques can afford benefits. This paper will explore the network options available in particular those demonstrated in recent European Union (EU) projects, how they can be integrated with existing access networks and how techniques such as radio-over-fiber can be deployed to offer increased functionality.

Type: Article
Title: Integrated Wireless Backhaul Over Optical Access Networks
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1109/JLT.2014.2321774
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JLT.2014.2321774
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. For more information, see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Keywords: Microwave photonics, optical access networks, wireless standards
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Electronic and Electrical Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1457964
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