SDN based millimetre wave radio over fiber (RoF) network

Ahmed Amate, Milos Milosavljevic, Pandelis Kourtessis, Matthew Robinson, J.M. Senior

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This paper introduces software-defined, millimeter Wave (mm-Wave) networks with Radio over Fiber (RoF) for the delivery of gigabit connectivity required to develop fifth generation (5G) mobile. This network will enable an effective open access system allowing providers to manage and lease the infrastructure to service providers through unbundling new business models. Exploiting the inherited benefits of RoF, complete base station functionalities are centralized at the edges of the metro and aggregation network, leaving remote radio heads (RRHs) with only tunable filtering and amplification. A Software Defined Network (SDN) Central Controller (SCC) is responsible for managing the resource across several mm-Wave Radio Access Networks (RANs) providing a global view of the several network segments. This ensures flexible resource allocation for reduced overall latency and increased throughput. The SDN based mm-Wave RAN also allows for inter edge node communication. Therefore, certain packets can be routed between different RANs supported by the same edge node, reducing latency. System level simulations of the complete network have shown significant improvement of the overall throughput and SINR for wireless users by providing effective resource allocation and coordination among interfering cells. A new Coordinated Multipoint (CoMP) algorithm exploiting the benefits of the SCC global network view for reduced delay in control message exchange is presented, accounting for a minimum packet delay and limited Channel State Information (CSI) in a Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A), Cloud RAN (CRAN) configuration. The algorithm does not require detailed CSI feedback from UEs but it rather considers UE location (determined by the eNB) as the required parameter. UE throughput in the target sector is represented using a Cumulative Distributive Function (CDF). The drawn characteristics suggest that there is a significant 60% improvement in UE cell edge throughput following the application, in the coordinating cells, of the new CoMP algorithm. Results also show a further improvement of 36% in cell edge UE throughput when eNBs are centralized in a CRAN backhaul architecture. The SINR distribution of UEs in the cooperating cells has also been evaluated using a box plot. As expected, UEs with CoMP perform better demonstrating an increase of over 2 dB at the median between the transmission scenarios
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBroadband Access Communication Tehnologies IX
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015

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