A consortium of twenty companies, including NEC announced the successful completion of a nearly three-year European Union Horizon 2020 project aimed at developing 5G integrated backhaul and fronthaul transport network.
After nearly three years, the project, 5G-Crosshaul, is now the de-facto concept for the 5G integrated fronthaul/backhaul transport network.
The 5G-Crosshaul consortium was selected in 2015 to develop a 5G integrated backhaul and fronthaul transport network that enables a flexible and software-defined reconfiguration of all networking elements in a multi-tenant and service-oriented unified management environment. The transport network flexibly interconnects distributed 5G radio access and core network functions hosted on in-network cloud nodes.
Arturo Azcorra, Director of IMDEA Networks, Co-founder of 5TONIC, and Project Coordinator of 5G-Crosshaul said, “The successful results of the 5G-Crosshaul project have advanced scientific knowledge and international standardization of 5G systems, and ultimately contributed to an increase in Europe’s 5G global competitiveness.”
The 5G-Crosshaul solution was demonstrated and validated through 18 experiments integrating multiple technology components from the partners. Real-world trials took place at sites in Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona and Taiwan, and delivered sub-millisecond latency, tens of Gbps throughput, and proven energy and cost savings up to 70%, depending on the deployment scenario. The trials also demonstrated fast service deployment time in the order of minutes, taking advantage of SDN and NFV concepts.
Xavier Costa, Head of 5G Networks R&D and Deputy General Manager of the Security & Networking R&D Division, NEC Laboratories Europe, and the Technical Manager of the project said, “This project’s major innovation has set the stage to deliver on the huge increased available bandwidth and ultra-low-latency required by the fifth generation of network technologies.”
“Throughout its lifetime, the 5G-Crosshaul project has successfully delivered 60-plus technological and informational contributions to the advancement of 5G standards,” said Paola Iovanna, Ericsson, Innovation Manager of the project.