mCRAN: A radio access network architecture for 5G indoor ccommunications

Kishor Chandra, Zizheng Cao, Tom Bruintjes, R.V. Prasad, Georgios Karagiannis, E. Tangdiongga, H.P.A. van den Boom, Andre B.J. Kokkeler

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    Millimeter wave (mmWave) communication is being seen as a disruptive technology for 5G era. In particular, 60GHz frequency band has emerged as a promising candidate for multi-Gbps connectivity in indoor and hotspot areas. In terms of network architecture, cloud radio access network (CRAN) has emerged as the most promising architectural alternative to enable efficient baseband processing and dynamic resource allocation in 5G communications. In this article, we propose micro-CRAN (mCRAN) -a multi-gigabit indoor network architecture which leverages availability of high bandwidth in 60GHz frequency band. We have discussed in detail about the requirements and research challenges for various system modules for mCRAN based network architecture. We have also investigated the feasibility of IEEE 802.11ad MAC protocol for the proposed mCRAN architecture. We discuss the challenges related to 60GHz beamforming, medium access mechanisms and network architecture, and propose solutions to address them.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIEEE International Conference on Communications 2015
    Place of PublicationUSA
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-6305-1
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2015
    EventIEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2015 - London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 8 Jun 201515 Jun 2015

    Publication series

    PublisherIEEE Communications Society


    WorkshopIEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2015
    Abbreviated titleICC
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


    • EWI-26157
    • METIS-312677
    • IR-96628


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