2015 Analysis of Centralized Radio Access Network (C-RAN) Technology

Jul 24, 2015, 10:15 ET from Research and Markets

DUBLIN, July 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/jt3n66/analysis_of) has announced the addition of EJL Wireless Research's new report "Analysis of Centralized Radio Access Network (C-RAN) Technology " to their offering.

This report provides a comprehensive technology analysis on centralized radio access network (C-RAN) architecture for mobile networks. A detailed analysis covering the implementations and evolution of the radio access network is included along with case studies from mobile operators.

The objectives of the report are to analyze the feasibility and commercial deployment of a C-RAN concept and associated technologies through the evaluation of its technical and business viability. This study traces back to the time that distributed base station and base station pool concepts were invented, which explores where the concept of C-RAN originally cam from and how it has been gradually evolved from distributed base station to base station hotel to baseband hotel and eventually transformed to the concept of C-RAN, which includes Centralized RAN, Cloud RAN, and Virtual RAN over the past 15 years.

Our analysis focuses on the technical feasibility and economical viability of newly invented concepts through the review of research activities in the industry. Additionally, we analyze some pioneering C-RAN deployments in Asia, comparing short term and long term economical gain with the impact of long term technology evolutions.

This report offers a complete and objective view about C-RAN and how it will fit into the future evolution of broadband mobile networks, supporting fixed and mobile network convergence and consolidation.

KEY DISCUSSION POINTS

- C-RAN is actually a concept evolved from the distributed base station and baseband hotel architecture - Newly added features of C-RAN include centralized BBU with traffic switching, baseband processing server (Data Unit), Cloud RAN and Virtual RAN - The challenges with statistical multiplexing of the fronthaul network for C-RAN are clock and frame synchronization in addition to significant bandwidth throughput requirements - DAS can be considered as a special case of the base station hotel concept with one or a group of base stations with fiber connected radio units; active DAS could be considered as a special case of C-RAN - The performance gain of CoMP may not justify the added network complexity and the cost to deploy a dark fiber connection to RRH in the near term - C-RAN can significantly save both CAPEX and OPEX costs with current RAN configurations and base station technology if the investment for the fiber connection is not considered. The OPEX gain of C-RAN will shrink as BTS technology continues to evolve.

Features

- Definitions and explanations of D-RAN. C-RAN, Cloud Ran, Virtual RAN, BBU Pool

- Partition Point Analysis for BBU-RRH link

- Coordinated Multipoint (CoMP) Analysis

- Backhaul Analysis for C-RAN

- Fronthaul Analysis for C-RAN

- OEM Product Analysis

- Mobile Operator Field Trials

- Total Pages: 80

- Total Tables: 6

- Total Exhibits: 54

Key Topics Covered:

CHAPTER 1: ORIGINS AND DEFINITION OF C-RAN

History of Distributed Base Station Deployment

The First Real Deployment of Baseband Pooling

Summary of C-RAN Concept

C-RAN Name Invention from China Mobile

C-RAN Benefit Claims

Summary

CHAPTER 2: THE BASIC CONCEPT AND STRUCTURE OF C-RAN Introduction Baseband Unit (BBU) Pool Centralized BBU Pool with RRH Switching Baseband Processing Server or Data Unit (DU) The Concept of Cloud RAN Fronthaul Solutions and Clock/Phase Synchronization

CHAPTER 3: C-RAN ARCHITECTURE DEVELOPMENT

Mobile Service Providers Who Are Interested in C-RAN

OEM Equipment Vendors Supporting C-RAN

The Challenges Associated with C-RAN and its Claims

C-RAN and DAS

C-RAN Fronthaul Bandwidth Requirements

Conclusions

CHAPTER 4: C-RAN CONCEPT EVOLUTION New RRH and BPU Partition Point Generic Processor for Baseband Server Implementation Use of High Speed Fiber Based Ethernet for C-RAN Fronthaul Coarse and Dense WDM and Daisy-Chaining for Fronthaul Experiments and Conclusions

CHAPTER 5: CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION

Network Evolution to Meet Growing Demand

Future Proof Architecture

Economical Benefits

Feasibility of Cloud RAN and Virtual RAN

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Source: EJL Wireless Research

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