5G promises huge advances in wireless technology, with its greater bandwidth and lower latency that enable a wide array of new services and applications. Radical changes will be required throughout the network, from handset design to the architecture deep into the core of the network. 5G will bring significant challenges to the transport network as well, and also adds a degree of uncertainty as the 5G standards are still under development.
Nonetheless, mobile operators and MSO-based wholesalers who provide them with mobile transport services want to be able to evolve seamlessly from today’s 4G-based fronthaul and backhaul environment to a future 5G environment while addressing evolving transport network requirements, including:
To address these challenges, network operators need networks that are flexible and open, and offer high performance. This paper will describe the challenges associated with the migration to 5G and show how MSOs must evolve their transport services to adapt and grasp the exciting opportunity that 5G presents to the industry.