Optical Communications in the 5G Era

Optical Communications in the 5G Era

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  • Author: Xiang Liu
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128216279
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128231340

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Optical Communications in the 5G Era provides an up-to-date overview of the emerging optical communication technologies for 5G next-generation wireless networks. It outlines the emerging applications of optical networks in future wireless networks, state-of-the-art optical communication technologies, and explores new R&D opportunities in the field of converged fixed-mobile networks.Optical Communications in the 5G Era is an ideal reference for university researchers, graduate students, and industry R&D engineers in optical communications, photonics, and mobile and wireless communications who need a broad and deep understanding of modern optical communication technologies, systems, and networks that are fundamental to 5G and beyond.

Key Features

  • Describes 5G wireless trends and technologies such as cloud radio access networks (C-RAN), massive multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO), and coordinated multipoint (CoMP)
  • Gives an insight into recent advances on the common public radio interface (CPRI), the evolved CPRI (eCPRI), and the open radio access networks (O-RAN) interface
  • Presents X-haul technologies and how transportation technologies can satisfy the mobile network requirements
  • Describes recent technological advances in access, aggregation, metro, data center, backbone, and undersea optical networks
  • Discusses the vision and use cases of the 5th generation fixed network (F5G) to help realize a fully connected, intelligent world for the benefit of our global society


Optical researchers, optical communications engineers, mobile and wireless communications engineers

Table of Contents

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • Dedications
  • About the author
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
  • Abstract
  • 1.1 The 5G era
  • 1.2 5G Deployment status and societal impacts
  • 1.3 Evolution of optical communications
  • References
  • Chapter 2. 5G Wireless technologies
  • Abstract
  • 2.1 Overview of 5G technical requirements
  • 2.2 Overview of 5G wireless technologies
  • 2.3 5G New radio
  • 2.4 Massive multiple-input and multiple-output
  • 2.5 Cloud radio access network
  • 2.6 Progresses made in 5G deployment
  • References
  • Chapter 3. Optical interfaces for 5G radio access network
  • Abstract
  • 3.1 Overview of mobile front-, mid-, and back-haul
  • 3.2 Common public radio interface
  • 3.3 Evolved common public radio interface
  • 3.4 O-RAN interfaces
  • References
  • Chapter 4. Optical technologies for 5G X-haul
  • Abstract
  • 4.1 Overview on 5G X-haul
  • 4.2 Optical technologies for 5G front-haul
  • 4.3 The impact of fiber loss and dispersion on X-haul technology choices
  • 4.4 Passive WDM–based front-haul
  • 4.5 Active WDM–based front-haul
  • 4.6 Semiactive WDM-PON-based front-haul
  • 4.7 Semiactive L- and M-WDM-based front-haul
  • 4.8 Summary and outlook on X-haul technologies
  • References
  • Chapter 5. Digital signal processing–assisted radio-over-fiber
  • Abstract
  • 5.1 Overview on radio-over-fiber
  • 5.2 Digital signal processing-assisted frequency-division multiplexing-based analog radio-over-fiber techniques
  • 5.3 Common public radio interface-compatible time-division multiplexing-based analog radio-over-fiber techniques
  • 5.4 Theoretical performance of digital signal processing-assisted radio-over-fiber
  • 5.5 Common public radio interface-compatible time-division multiplexing-based digital-analog radio-over-fiber
  • 5.6 Concluding remarks
  • References
  • Chapter 6. Point-to-multipoint transmission
  • Abstract
  • 6.1 TDMA-based P2MP
  • 6.2 FDMA-based P2MP
  • 6.3 Concluding remarks
  • References
  • Chapter 7. Cloud data center optics
  • Abstract
  • 7.1 Overview of the global cloud data center infrastructure
  • 7.2 Data center communication infrastructure
  • 7.3 400G-ZR for data center interconnects
  • 7.4 Intra-DC connections and 400-Gb/second pluggable optical transceivers
  • 7.5 Multi-Tb/second DC switches and their evolution
  • 7.6 Concluding remarks and future trends
  • References
  • Chapter 8. High-capacity long-haul optical fiber transmission
  • Abstract
  • 8.1 Introduction
  • 8.2 Exploring the capacity limit of optical fiber transmission
  • 8.3 Optical modulation and detection technologies
  • 8.4 Advanced techniques for high-speed transmission
  • 8.5 Real-time demonstrations of PS
  • 8.6 Improved fibers and EDFAs for high-capacity long-haul transmission
  • 8.7 Undersea optical transmission
  • 8.8 Summary and concluding remarks
  • References
  • Chapter 9. Superchannel transmission and flexible-grid wavelength routing
  • Abstract
  • 9.1 Introduction on superchannel
  • 9.2 Superchannel principle and multiplexing schemes
  • 9.3 Superchannel transceiver designs
  • 9.4 Joint nonlinearity compensation
  • 9.5 High-capacity wavelength routing with Tb/s-class superchannels
  • 9.6 Concluding remarks on superchannel transmission and routing
  • References
  • Chapter 10. 50-Gb/s passive optical network (50G-PON)
  • Abstract
  • 10.1 Motivation for 50G-passive optical network–based next-generation optical access
  • 10.2 50G-PON physical media–dependent layer aspects
  • 10.3 50G-PON transmission convergence layer aspects
  • 10.4 Future perspectives on higher speed PON
  • References
  • Chapter 11. The fifth generation fixed network (F5G)
  • Abstract
  • 11.1 Overview of the fifth generation fixed network
  • 11.2 Advances in optical transport network
  • 11.3 Fifth generation fixed network use cases
  • 11.4 Future perspectives on fifth generation fixed network
  • References
  • Chapter 12. Future trends and concluding remarks
  • Abstract
  • 12.1 Continued evolution of 5G
  • 12.2 Continued evolution of the fifth generation fixed network
  • 12.3 Concluding remarks
  • References
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 376
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: October 23, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128216279
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128231340

About the Author

Xiang Liu

Dr. Xiang Liu is the Vice President for Optical Transport and Access at Futurewei Technologies. He had been with Bell Labs working on high-speed optical transmission technologies for 14 years. Dr. Liu earned a Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics from Cornell University in 2000. He has authored more than 350 publications and holds more than 100 US patents. He has served as a General Co-Chair of 2018 Optical Fiber Communication Conference (OFC) and a Co-Editor of IEEE Communications Magazine's Optical Communications and Networks Series. He is currently serving as a Deputy Editor of Optics Express and an Advisory Board Member of the Next- Generation Optical Transport Forum. He was elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) in 2011 for contributions to fundamental research in optical fiber communications that have been incorporated in commercial systems, including high-speed phase-shift keyed transmission and nonlinearity mitigation, and Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2017 for contributions to broadband optical fiber communication systems and networks. Since 2017, he has been teaching an OFC short course on Optical Communication Technologies for 5G. He has also served as a co-organizer of OSA’s first 5G Summit held in 2019 and second 5G Summit held in 2021.

Affiliations and Expertise

Vice President of Optical Transport and Access at Futurewei Technologies

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