The fifth generation of mobile networks forms the next big step for the mobile communication. In comparison to presently available 4G technology should fulfil 5G in particular following demands:
• significant increase of the available data rates
• reduction of latency times
• improvement of net coverage
• increase of stability and failure security
• significant rise of spectral efficiency
• improved efficiency of signalling channels.
A substantially bigger number of users with significantly higher data rate per user can be supplied by the huge increase of the net capacities and at the same time lower delay times of the nets. 5G technology makes available the technical bases for the realisation of the ‘Internet of things’, i. e. the interlinking of computers, machines, sensors, vehicles.
We work within the scope of the ‘EU Horizon 2020’ research project ‘iCIRRUS’ (intelligently Converged network consolidating radio and optical access aRound user equipment) on the subject Ethernet-based optical fibre fronthaul for the fifth generation of mobile networks (5G). Considerable performance profits should be earned by this architecture for the realisation of new 5G services like device to device (D2D) communication and mobile cloud networking.