C-RAN for 5G

The application of virtualization solutions to the 5G NG-RAN is a key initiative for 5G deployment. This short course details the concepts behind C-RAN (Centralized RAN) for 5G, including focus on the 3GPP architectural options. Key procedures are also examined, outlining how UE initial access, handovers and dual connectivity are influenced by C-RAN. Finally, the course explores alternative solutions to 3GPP C-RAN, in addition to NG-RAN transport network considerations.

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C-RAN for 5G

This course will contain the following topics:

  • C-RAN Concepts.
  • 3GPP 5G C-RAN Architecture:
    • Separation of gNB-CU.
    • EN-DC Configuration for 5G C-RAN.
    • Xn Reference Point.
    • F1 Reference Point.
    • F1 Protocol Stack Split.
  • 5G C-RAN Procedures:
    • UE Initial Access Procedure.
    • Intra gNB-CU Handover.
    • Dual Connectivity (EN-DC).
  • Alternative C-RAN Technologies:
    • eCPRI.
    • IEEE 1914.
    • Additional Initiatives.
  • NG-RAN Transport Network:
    • Midhaul Considerations.
    • Fronthaul Considerations.
    • Overall Bandwidth Requirements.
    • Transport Network Design.

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