Anritsu Working on Radio over Ethernet Solutions for 5G Fronthaul Networks

Anritsu has announced that it is a member of the small and dedicated team developing and releasing standards for the transition to 5G networks. Building from its first meeting in April 2016, the IEEE 1914™ working group established, developed, and published the IEEE 1914.3 standard in October 2018. As a voting member of this team, Anritsu continues work on other areas within the working group.

IEEE 1914.3 defines the encapsulation and mapping of radio protocols for transport over Ethernet frames using Radio over Ethernet (RoE), forming a key element of 5G fronthaul networks. It supports mapping, digitized radio data, Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI™), I/Q data and control channel frames across a routed Ethernet network. Using Ethernet as the transport layer with IEEE 1914.3 frames improves fronthaul networks with higher link capacity and high transfer efficiency while maintaining required network latency guarantees.

Anritsu representatives are part of a small group of individuals affiliated with market-leading companies contributing to the IEEE 1914.3 release. Other representatives are from AT&T, China Mobile, Comcores, CommScope, FiberHome, Intel, Microchip Technology, MTI, SM Optics, and a global mobile fronthaul radio equipment manufacturer (at publication).

Anritsu’s Network Master Pro MT1000A released in May 2018 with support for IEEE 1914.3 and eCPRI maintains its market lead as a field portable solution for the transport market. With 10G, 25G and 100G Ethernet capabilities that include PTP (IEEE 1588™), the MT1000A is the ideal tool for supporting the 4G to 5G transition.


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