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1914.1 - Standard for Packet-based Fronthaul Transport Networks

The Fronthaul Packet Transport standard enables the implementation of critical 5G technologies, such as massive Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (massive MIMO), Coordinated Multi-Point (CoMP) transmission and reception, and scalable Centralized/Virtual Radio Access Network (C-RAN/V-RAN) functions. This standard simplifies network design and operation, increases network flexibility and resource utilization, and lowers cost by leveraging existing, mature Ethernet-based solutions for vital functions, such as quality of service, synchronization, and data security. The fronthaul architecture provides unified management and control solution, common networking protocols, and universal network elements, thus facilitating migration to future C-RAN/V-RAN mobile networks. This standard improves bandwidth efficiency, network scalability, timing and synchronization performance, and preserves and enhances the ability to deploy cooperative radio modes.
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