5G Ethernet X-Haul
Whitepaper: The concept of Ethernet X-Haul is being discussed extensively in the mobile industry in connection with 5G. The idea is to have an Ethernet based converged transport network serving multiple purposes including fronthaul and backhaul. This white paper presents the RAN architectures under consideration for 5G, and their consequences in terms of requirements for the transport network. It further describes how an innovative Ethernet scheduling mechanism is required to support deterministic Ethernet, and to fully achieve an 5G Ethernet X-Haul. The white paper is also introducing two use cases, namely Ethernet Crosshaul, and Indoor Coverage, which demonstrate the added value of deterministic Ethernet for mobile transport applications.