5G Infrastructure: EdgeLink™

EdgeLink millimeter wave mesh backhaul and fronthaul technology is both an immediate solution for wireless gigabit connectivity for applications, such as residential broadband access and Carrier Wi-Fi cable extensions, and a platform for future 5G wireless transport. A centrally controlled mesh software solution resides on top of a WiGig MAC & PHY that can operate with multiple millimeter wave radio solutions. The solution is a low-cost alternative to fiber and traditional microwave solutions, where the low cost is achieved by leveraging high-volume WiGig chipsets, and large swaths of unlicensed spectrum.

EdgeLink™ Gigabit transport platform and SDN-software provides:

  • Delivers LTE-A and 5G ready Gbps transport using low-cost design concepts (WiGig, global unlicensed spectrum)
  • Software built on SDN framework that allows flexibility and programmability for a broad set of network topologies
  • Multi-hop and mesh topology support extended coverage and add high reliability
  • Transport slicing services enable independent flows with QoS guarantees
  • Sub 1msec low-latency routing capable of simultaneous Cloud RAN fronthaul and backhaul transport traffic

System Components

  • EdgeLink™ Node

    Mesh client software providing control and data plan features above the WiGig MAC & PHY 

    Indoor/outdoor hardware with 60GHz high gain antennas, baseband/RF, and network processors

  • Mesh Controller Software

    Build on SDN framework (OpenDayLight and ONOS) for flexibility and scaling

    Integrates with 5G multi-vendor heterogeneous networks

  • O&M Software

    A virtual testbench for mesh software development with test controller 

    Element Management System (EMS): Enables remote management and monitoring of mesh network for field testing and deployment

Resources

BLOG / Jul 2017 / 5g / Posted By: rachel.rorke
This weekend marks the final days of a next generation 5G Internet trial in Bristol, England. The trial, called Bristol is Open (BIO, for short) is designed as an internet-enabled scavenger hunt in the central part of Bristol. The trial is open to anyone with an Android device who is interested in testing new technology. Users with Android devices are... Read More
BLOG / Jun 2017 / 5G / Posted By: Kelly Capizzi
The Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC) recently signed an agreement with InterDigital to collaborate on the development of New Radio (NR) concepts targeted for 5G Phase 2. NR, the global standard being driven by 3GPP for a new 5G air interface, is a continuing part of the mobile broadband evolution to deliver on the requirements of 5G. According to... Read More
BLOG / May 2017 / IoT, 5G, Smart Cities, Data Exchange / Posted By: Kelly Capizzi
The 5G network, AR/VR, and machine learning, among other innovations are providing abundant possibilities to rapidly advance the power and opportunity of Smart Cities technology. The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), a forum where ICT companies convene to find solutions to shared pressing challenges, recently developed the Smart Cities Technology Roadmap to provide an overview of the network-enabled technologies that... Read More

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