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Education & Training

Online Course

8 October 2020 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm EDT

Registration closes on 6 October 2020 at 5:00pm EDT

Online via WebEx


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Course Description

5G is regarded as the key technology for wireless communications in the decade of the 2020’s, and optical networks are being refined or redesigned to better support 5G networks.

In this newly updated half-day course, the instructor aims to provide an up-to-date overview of the emerging optical communication technologies for 5G and 5th-generation fixed networks (F5G).  It is intended to help attendees broaden their knowledge on the emerging applications of optical networks in future wireless networks.  This course will help to deepen your understanding of the state-of-the-art optical communication technologies, including recent technical advances ranging from core, metro to access optical networks, to address the critical demands of 5G.  You will also explore new R&D opportunities in the field of converged fixed-mobile networks.

Who Should Attend

This advanced-beginner course is intended for a diverse audience including researchers, engineers, and graduate students wishing to get an updated review on emerging optical communication technologies for 5G.  Some basic knowledge of optical networks, wireless networks, optical transmission technologies, photonics, and digital signal processing will help in better understanding the course but is not a prerequisite.


Xiang Liu

Xiang Liu

Chief Optical Standards Expert

Huawei Technologies

Learning Objectives

This course will enable you to:

  • Describe 5G wireless trends and technologies such as cloud radio access networks (C-RAN), massive multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO), and  coordinated multipoint (CoMP)
  • Obtain an insight into recent advances on the common public radio interface (CPRI), the Ethernet-based CPRI (eCPRI), and the next-generation fronthaul interface (NGFI)
  • Identify promising applications of optical communication technologies in future 5G wireless networks
  • Describe emerging optical communication technologies such as 100+Gb/s coherent, low-cost IM/DD transmission, and associated DSP techniques for high-throughput and low-latency transmission
  • Gain insights into new optical transceiver form factors, link layer technologies, and network technologies for 5G-oriented optical systems
  • Discuss emerging use cases, technologies and network architectures of the 5th-generation fixed networks (F5G).

Course Agenda

  1. Introduction
    • The 5G Era
    • Evolution of optical communications
  2. 5G Wireless Trends and Technologies
    • Cloud-RAN, Massive MIMO, and coordinated multipoint (CoMP)
    • Mobile fronthaul, midhaul and backhaul
  3. The Optical Interfaces for 5G
    • The common public radio interface (CPRI)
    • Evolved CPRI (eCPRI)
  4. Optical Modulation and Detection Technologies for 5G
    • Modulation, detection, and DSP for coherent-detection systems
    • Modulation, detection, and DSP for direct-detection systems
  5. Optical Transceiver Technologies for 5G
    • Pluggable form factors
    • Future evolution of optical transceivers
  6. Optical Link Layer Technologies for 5G
    • Improved optical fiber and amplifier designs
    • Re-configurable optical add/drop multiplexers (ROADMs)
  1. Advanced Wavelength-Division Multiplexing
    • Fixed-grid WDM and Flexible-grid WDM
    • Superchannel transmission
  2. Mobile-Optimized Optical Transport Networking (M-OTN) for 5G
    • 5G-oriented metro and core networks
    • Transport SDN with intelligent OAM (with AI and ML)
  3. Passive Optical Networking (PON) for 5G
    • Ultrabroadband Fiber-to-the-home
    • CPRI-PON and eCPRI-PON
  4. The emergence of the 5th generation fixed networks (F5G)
    • New use cases of F5G
    • Technology and industry development for F5G
  5. Concluding Remarks and Q&A

Course Materials

Each registered participant receives a copy of instructor slides and access to the recording of the course for 20 business days after the live lecture. Earn 0.6 IEEE Continuing Education Units for participating.

Upon registration, you will automatically be emailed the WebEx invitation for the course session, but you will also be sent a reminder message to join the WebEx session prior to the start of the course. Course materials will be emailed to you and will be available for download from the WebEx session page for this course, the day prior to the scheduled course date.

Course Cancellation and Refund Policy: Requests for online course cancellations must be received 3 business days prior to the course date for a full refund. Once course materials have been shared with a participant, a cancellation request cannot be accommodated.

Contact Us

For general inquiries and technical support, contact Tara McNally, Certification and Professional Education Manager.

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